Scores of Greek Orthodox Christians flocked to Margate for an annual celebration marking the baptism of Jesus.

The ‘blessing of the sea’ ceremony has taken place every year in the Kent town since the 1960s.

Crowds gathered in the Church of St Michael the Archangel for a service, before following a piper through the town to the seafront in a huge procession.

Once there, doves were released into the air and a decorated cross was hurled into the waters, to be retrieved by a young member of the community.

In the Greek Orthodox faith, the event marks the start of the Festival of the Epiphany, celebrating the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan, and is celebrated all over the world.

Michael Papadopoullos, president of Margate’s Greek Community, spoke to ITV during the event explaining the celebrations.

The ceremony was lead by Bishop Athanasios Theocharous, who is the head of the Diocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.

Margate blessing of the seas 01 12.01.2017

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