Last voyage for seafaring charity stalwart

Apostleship of the Sea Frank Bennett
Apostleship of the Sea Frank Bennett

A seafaring charity stalwart has called it a day after years of distinguished service.

Frank Barrett has hung up his white gauntlet gloves as he retires as national Standard Bearer for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), after eight years.

The 84-year-old had flown the flag for AoS at the Annual National Service for Seafarers (ANSS) since 2007, and also at AoS’s yearly pilgrimages to Holy Island.

His final engagement was at this year’s ANSS at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on October 14, before he was given a farewell tribute by the AoS team at its head office at the Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales office the next day, and presented with a framed print of an AoS icon, Our Lady, Stella Maris.

He said: “AoS has been a great part of my life, and I have made many friends throughout the association.

“I was greatly honoured when asked by then AoS National Director Chris York to be national standard bearer, and also to work alongside former Tees & Hartlepool port chaplain Tony McAvoy.”

Besides being Standard Bearer, Frank also promoted the work of AoS in supporting seafarers by giving talks, organising knitting groups, helping raise funds and recruiting new volunteers and ship visitors.

The former Royal Navy veteran and his wife Joan also celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in September.

AoS provides welfare and pastoral support to seafarers.

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