Once again the Cathedral was pleased to welcome the Band of the Royal Marines and Sea Cadets to our annual Seafarers Service at 11:00 am. This morning’s preacher was The Rev’d Robert Jackson MA(Oxon), BA(hons), RNR|FASFLOT Chaplain and lessons were read by Captain John Hood RFA Retd Seafarers UK Scotland & Captain Chris Smith NRC Scotland & Northern Ireland. We were joined at the service by Deputy Lord Provost Bailie Philip Braat, Scottish Port Chaplains from Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris), Deacon Joe O’Donnell Senior Chaplain covering Clyde and Grangemouth and Deacon Tom Whin Chaplain for Argyll and the Islands. Prior to, and following the service we were entertained by the musicians from the Band of the Royal Marines Scotland lead by BdSgt A. M. Spain.
The service was, in part, to support the work of Seafarers UK. SEAFARERS UK (King George’s Fund for Sailors) is a charity that helps people in need in the maritime community by giving £2.5m of grants to around 80 smaller specialist maritime charities annually across the UK. The charity’s representative in Scotland is Captain John Hood who read one of the lessons this morning. For further information please visit the Seafarer’s website, seafarers-uk.org.