On Sunday 9th October we celebrated our annual Fish Harvest Festival.
We were supported as usual by the Billingsgate Ward Club, and we were treated to a wonderful wet fish display laid on by Bill Thornton and his team of James Nash and Sons Ltd.
The service began with a procession from the direction of the Old Billingsgate Fish Market, up Lovat Lane and into the church. Revd Rose-Hudson-Wilkin gave a blessing over the fish display and the service continued in the church. We were delighted to be joined by The Venerable Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London who preached the sermon, and the St Mary-at-Hill choir who sang music specially written for the Harvest of the Sea season at St Mary-at-Hill.
As usual, after the service, some of the fish was donated to the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest in Poplar, and we were joined at the service by their Chief Executive Alexander Campbell and some of the residents from the QVSR.
This year we were especially excited as the Fish Harvest is to be included in a special Harvest edition of BBC Songs of Praise. The presenter was Revd Kate Bottley who brought enthusiasm and a real sense of joy to the occasion.