On an unusually cold, grey day we saw a substantial crowd gather to join in a blessing of Nelson’s fishing fleet. This ceremony, which has been going for a little over ten years now, remembers those who have lost their lives at sea and is a real acknowledgement of the importance of the seafood industry for Nelson.
Churchmen of various denominations were there to provide the blessings:
along with a brass band
along with the Nelson Male Voice Choir plus a student choir from a local school:
My Rotary Club was busy preparing lunches. A box of chips, a scallop and a beautiful pice of fish for only $3! We had quite a production line to meet the demand.
Some about-to-be-satisfied customers:
The professionals were there, showing us just how quickly they can produce superb fillets:
Most of the seafood was provided by Talleys:
In spite of the cold weather, a great day! (The big trawlers were conspicuously absent – apparently conditions at sea were too good to be missed.)