Scores pay tribute to those who lost their lives at sea at Hartlepool service

The memorial service underway at Jacksons Landing.
The memorial service underway at Jacksons Landing.
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Dozens of people paid their respects during a memorial service to remember those who have lost their lives at sea.

It was the fourth time the service has been held and saw between 50 and 60 people gather at the memorial to seafarers at Hartlepool Marina.

The memorial service underway at Jacksons Landing.

The memorial service underway at Jacksons Landing.

It was organised by Rev Chris Collison, of the Mission to Seafarers, and Superintendent Peter Dade, from the Fishermen’s Mission.

The band of the 1st Hartlepool Sea Cadets lead the procession from Jackson’s Wharf to the Seaton Highlight, and back to the HMS Trincomalee.

The service took place at the old Seaton Highlight, around which are plaques inscribed with the names of over 700 seafarers who have died at sea.

Rev Collison said: “It went extremely well indeed. We had 50 or 60 people there which is a very good number.

Hartlepool Sea Cdets lead the procession to the Memorial on Sunday afternoon at Jacksons Landing.

Hartlepool Sea Cdets lead the procession to the Memorial on Sunday afternoon at Jacksons Landing.

“It is a good experience for us to share together the huge cost of life that the sea takes.”

The occasion gives people an opportunity to remember seafarers past and present, and celebrate the work among today’s seafarers and fishermen in the ports of Hartlepool and the Tees.

Rev Collison said it remembered fishermen, merchant seamen and people who were in the Royal Navy during the war, with many of the seamen being remembered having lost their lives in more recent years.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright was among the attendees as was Hartlepool’s Mayor, Councillor Mary Fleet, and Mayoress, Councillor Sheila Griffin.

Peter Dade, superintendent of the North Shields Fishermen's Mission pictured during the service at Jacksons Landing.

Peter Dade, superintendent of the North Shields Fishermen's Mission pictured during the service at Jacksons Landing.