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Blessing the silver darlings

PUBLISHED: 13:28 27 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:58 16 September 2010

THE OLD tradition of the local vicar going down to the beach and blessing the first catch of herring at the start of the season is to be revived at Hemsby on Sunday.

THE OLD tradition of the local vicar going down to the beach and blessing the first catch of herring at the start of the season is to be revived at Hemsby on Sunday.

The annual Herring Festival takes place around the lifeboat shed in Beach Road, offering people the chance to try fresh herring cooked in the traditional way, with rolled oats cooked in beef dripping.

The Hembsy Inshore Rescue Service (HIRS) is hosting the fund-raising event to help raise money for the volunteer service that helps people in the surf and on the Broads, and helps to spread the water safety message among local groups like Brownies.

There will also be the chance to try controlling model boats, bouncy castles, cake stalls, bric-a-brac stalls, lifeboat demonstrations and a tombola.

Since Hembsy Inshore Rescue Service (HIRS) started 32 years ago, it has carried on this tradition. This year the vicar will bless the herring at midday.

The Swan Classic Model Boat Club will also be there on the day, having already raised £420 with a raffle for the self-funded lifeboat, and will be holding another raffle for the cause.

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