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Nelson Blessing of the Fleet, Sat July 15

Nelson Blessing of the Fleet, Sat July 15


Nelson’s annual Blessing of the Fishing Fleet is scheduled for Saturday July 15 at noon on Wakefield Quay.

This is the 17th year the blessing has been held, and organiser and Seafarers’ Memorial Trust spokesman Mike Smith says it’s an event that has won a place on the Nelson calendar and in people’s hearts.

“Blessings like this have been held in ports around the world for centuries, but this Nelson event is unique in New Zealand,” he said. “It’s a colourful ceremony in a beautiful location, and is truly valued by families that have lost members at sea as a way to remember them, when often there is no grave to visit.
"It’s held at the start of the hoki season and is a way for people to acknowledge the importance of the seafood industry to Nelson.”

There will be the usual fireworks on Friday night (July 14) from 6.30pm, with viewing from the waterfront and the port hills.

On Saturday the Motueka Brass Band will play from 12.30pm at the Seafarers’ Memorial, while the fishing boats line up along Wakefield Quay. The blessing ceremony will begin at 1pm, led by Bishop Richard Elena, Reverend Jeff Cotton, Father Bill Warwick and Archdeacon Andy Joseph


Music will be be provided by the Nelson Christian Academy conducted by Gill Parker, there will be a lone piper and T.S. Talisman sea cadets will pipe their horns as dignitaries arrive onto pier.

The Rotary Club of Nelson will be offering mussels and salmon cakes, there will be an auction of the Catch of the Day and displays from the new Port Nelson tug and the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.

The Blessing of the Fleet is a free community event, however the public will be asked to make a donation to the Seafarers’ Memorial Trust, to be used in community projects.

If Saturday is wet the Blessing of the Fleet will be held on Sunday 16 July.

Postponement will be broadcast on More FM and The Breeze.

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