With reference to the article in today’s Gazette – pages 18/19.
The first photograph carries a caption “Bishop of Whitby attends the service” but nowhere in the article is there any reference to which service.
It is clearly an article about the RNLI Day and not the “Blessing of the Boats”.
And if it had have been about the “Blessing of the Boats” then that photo ought to have shown the clergy who were there (and who shared with the Bishop in imparting the blessing) and not the civic guests who, with all due respect to them, were not imparting the blessing.
Fr Neil McNicholas, St Hilda’s Parish, Whitby by email