Manchester and Salford Whit Walks

Posted on: 31/05/2019

The recently revived walks took place on Monday, May 27th. A contingent of about a dozen parishioners of Holy Trinity parish met in the precincts of Manchester Cathedral around 9-30am, awaiting the start of the procession which would go from the cathedral, along Deansgate to Peter Street and left into Albert Square, in front of the Town Hall.

Feelings were mixed as we were anxious about the weather, but we lined up ahead of the contingent from St Clare’s, Blackley and the Salford Diocese UCM and their banners, assembled the new Holy Trinity banner and once the bands started playing we were off. Bishop John joined our group and walked with us to Albert Square.

On arrival there we were addressed by the Lord Mayor of Manchester and the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford who both welcomed everyone to the two cities. A service of hymns, readings and prayers followed, with a brief homily from the Anglican Bishop of Bolton, and the final words and blessing were given by our own Bishop John.

The weather broke for a brief heavy shower as we walked back to the cathedral, but not enough to dampen our spirits. The walk had been a splendid display of witness to our faith and was clearly appreciated by the applauding crowds as the procession passed by.

After recognising the importance of this ecumenical show of commitment to our faith, it is hoped that our parish can gather a much larger contingent together next year. All who attended were delighted to have been able to participate in the walks.

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