Rain cuts short fishermen’s memorial service at Lido

Fishermen's Mission Superintendent Steve Murray leads the service at the Lido.
Fishermen's Mission Superintendent Steve Murray leads the service at the Lido.

Torrential rain cut short this year’s memorial service at the Lido in Peterhead, to remember those lost at sea.

The service, organised by the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, was held on Sunday, August 11, and attended by a number of local dignitaries and invited guests.

The skies overhead looked ominous as Mission Superintendent Steve Murray welomed the gatherintg to the event.

There then followed the singing of ‘Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah’, accompanied by the Salvation Army, before Rev. James McMillan of the town’s Congregational Church gave a prayer for thanksgiving and harvest.

Andrew Sinclair then sang a solo before another hymn ‘My Hope is Built on Nothing Less’ and a Scripture reading - Hebrews 6 v 9-20 - by Angus Johnstone.

There then followed another hymn ‘I am Anchored Safe’ and then John Buchan gave a prayer of remembrance for those who have lost their lives at sea.

Roselyn Bruce sang a solo while those with floral tributes made their way to the fishermen’s memorial before laying them in a poignant moment at the base of the statue.

It was at this point that the first drops of rain arrived and by the time the party had returned to their seats, the rain was heavy, forcing umbrellas to be dug out.

Having decided to skip the next three hymns, a message was given by Commodor David Dickents CBE RN, before a prayer and benediction was given by Major Bram Williams, bringing the event to a close.