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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Town Sunday & Blessing of the Fisheries

This morning Town Sunday was held at SS Mary & Eanswythe's church, at which Cllr George Bunting was confirmed as Town Mayor for the coming year at the Town Cross in the churchyard, as has been the tradition since 1313. The excellent Sermon was delivered by Prof Ken Pickering, of the United Reformed Church of which the Mayor is a member.

After a roast lunch at La Vue, there was a further procession and open air service for the Blessing of the Fisheries. Folkestone's fleet, although musch depleted as a result of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy, remains the largest on the South Coast and is an important part of town life, as it has been for millennia.

Throughout the event, councillors were robed. The events were attended by numerous dignitaries, including local MP Michael Howard, County and District Councillors and, the Speaker of the Cinque Ports (currently the Mayor of Winchelsea) and visiting Mayors from various Cinque Ports towns including New Romney, Margate, Ramsgate, Deal and Broadstairs and St Peters.

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