More than 150 people honoured all those ‘lost at sea’ during a dignified and moving service on Exmouth seafront last Saturday morning.

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The service, conducted by the Reverend Benedict Cambridge, saw the unveiling of a stone memorial opposite the Cavendish Hotel.

The memorial stone follows the fundraising efforts of Withycombe’s Richard Benford and his partner Charlotte Feeny, founders of the Exmouth Voice, who raised more than £1,000 for the tribute.

The service was attended by the public, councillors, and representatives from the Fishermen’s Mission and the family of Exmouth fisherman Geoff Ingram who died last year.

During the service the RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat and her crew held vigil off the coastline, while Exmouth’s town crier read a moving tribute.

He said: “Our coastline serves man well through harvest and leisure, but the sea is cruel and death comes mercilessly sudden.

“Though Devon’s red cliffs, green hills and silver seas give calm comfort to many, this polished and carved stone stands that we, the living, might never forget the men, women and children who suffered death at sea.

“So read the inscription before you, then raise your eyes, take in the vista that is both man’s best friend and his worst enemy, the sea.

Mr Benford said: “Because of the generosity of Vince Orchard who did all the preparation work and placing of the seafront memorial stone ‘For those lost at sea’ for free, this has meant we can now give over £800 which is the remainder of the fund we set up to the Fishermen’s Mission charity which provides support to fishermen and their families.”


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