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Posted 2.9.19

Lifeboat Crew Revive Wedding Tradition

Lifeboat Crew Revive Wedding Tradition

On Saturday 20th July the crew of the Mumbles Lifeboat revived an old tradition of forming a guard of honour at the wedding of one of their fellow lifeboatmen.

It came as a complete surprise to James Rice and Hannah Evans as they tied the knot at All Saints'. James serves on the all weather boat and is one of the helms on the inshore lifeboat.

As the happy couple left the Church the bells rang out and members of the crew formed a guard of honour with oars that had been begged and borrowed from nearby lifeboat stations.

A guard of honour has its origins in military and state occasions. It has been used to honour visiting statesmen and women and to celebrate significant events in people's lives, especially weddings.

Just as members of the armed forces were honoured at their weddings in this way, with swords and guns, so in seafaring communities couples were often greeted with an honour guard of oars as they left Church as husband and wife.

The custom has been revived in a number of Lifeboat communities across the United Kingdom in recent years, the latest being Mumbles.

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