11.30 for 1.15pm Annual Blessing of the Seas Ceremony. Each year a Service is held at the Greek Orthodox Church, Westbrook Cottages, Margate, prior to the ‘Blessing of the Seas Ceremony’ at Marine Sands, Margate. Greek Cypriots from all over South East England come to this special event where the Greek Archbishop gives a blessing to thank the sea for giving up its fruits. A cross, made out of flowers, is cast on the water and a Greek child is sent to retrieve it. There is great competition amongst the youngsters to be chosen for this honour. At 12.45pm the Mayor, and Mayoress Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will join the procession of Mayors and other visiting guests attending this ceremony.
Contact: Sam Bambridge, Town Mayor’s PA - 01843 448590.
6.55pm for 7pm Annual Christmas Lights Awards. Eastchurch Parish Council has once again been around the parish judging the many and varied Christmas Lights displays and the Mayor will be at the Village Hall in Warden Road, Eastchurch to present the awards to the winning residents. The Mayoress, Mrs Brenda Bobbin, will accompany him.
Contact: Fiona Jackson, Clerk to Eastchurch Parish Council - 01795 880790.