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Hartlepool RNLI at poignant ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ ceremony

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Hartlepool RNLI crew members took part in a ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ ceremony at Hartlepool Fish Quay that was attended by around 100 people.

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Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmembers at the 'Blessing of the Fleet' ceremony that was held at Hartlepool Fish Quay on Sunday 3rd September 2017 Pic by Tom Collins/Hartlepool RNLI

The event also remembered the tragic death of fisherman Lee Renney who lost his life at sea off Hartlepool almost a year to the day.

A plaque was unveiled at the Fish Quay earlier in the day by Mr Renney’s family to remember him.

Hartlepool RNLI Coxswain Robbie Maiden said: ‘Today was a very sad occasion but still nice to attend and show our support to the work of the Fishermen’s Mission.

'What makes the event more poignant is that the late Lee Renney’s grandfather Ossie was a very respected volunteer crew member here at the Hartlepool RNLI who served with both myself and my father for many years.

'Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Renney family at what must be a very difficult time for them.'

Superintendent Peter Dade, Fishermen’s Mission Area Officer North Shields, who covers from Amble to Hartlepool said; ‘Today was a show of support to the fishermen and their families and it has been a privilege to be involved with everyone here.

'Earlier today we held a family service for the Renney family who we have supported over the past year.

'We are here to remember the fishermen who do an extremely dangerous job and to offer support to their families.'

Mr Dade also thanked the RNLI and the Hartlepool Sea Cadets for attending the service.

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Superintendent Peter Dade, Mission Area Officer North Shields speaking at the Blessing of the Fleet at Hartlepool Fish Quay. Pic by Tom Collins/Hartlepool RNLI.

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A plaque unveiled at the Hartlepool Fish Quay by the Rennie family.

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Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmembers at the 'Blessing of the Fleet' ceremony that was held at Hartlepool Fish Quay on Sunday 3rd September 2017 Pic by Tom Collins/Hartlepool RNLI

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