The Blessing of The Waters, Reeves Beach, Whitstable,1st August, 2013
The Blessing of the Waters goes back some 300 years. The Service is held on Reeves Beach, and falls on the Feast of St James, the Patron Saint of Oyster Fisherman. The event is an important part of Whitstable Oyster Festival, which is held before the oyster fishing season starts and traditionally the fisherman are too busy to attend the Service. For many years the event has been organised by the Whitstable Branch of The Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men (Chairman Group Captain Trevor Dole RAF (Retd)), The County Society.
The service was led by the Revd. Simon Tillotson vicar of All Saints Whitstable, an address was made by Revd. Geoffrey Collins, United Reform Church and the prayers were led by Father Kevin St Aubyn of Our Lady Immaculate Roman Catholic Church. Trevor Dole, Chairman of the Whitstable Branch of the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men, read the lesson, among those present were The Lord-Lieutenant and Viscountess De L’Isle.
The Branch celebrates the centenary of its foundation this year. Following the Service a dinner was held at the Marine Hotel, Tankerton, to mark the event.
Right: Viscountess De L’Isle cuts the centenary cake.