Sunday, 29 May 2011

Blessing of the boats at Teignmouth

On Saturday, as part of the Teignmouth Riverbeach and Harbour Festival, local priests carried out the traditional 'Blessing of the Boats'. In a light drizzle a short open air service was conducted with two hymns including the navy hymn, 'For those in peril on the sea'. The culmination was, ironically, the application of Holy Water to the closest of the small group of boats assembled at the dock.

On the nearby wharf, as part of the festival's activities, local kids had the chance to try their hand at using spray cans to produce graffiti art, tutored by more experienced artists. Demonstrating the immediacy of this art form, one of the most extraordinary pieces of work was a portrait of Gil Scott Heron, the Godfather of Rap, who died earlier in the day.

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