HUNDREDS of worshippers from across the Christian faith paraded through Preston city centre yesterday on a Good Friday Walk of Witness.
Shoppers and motorists came to a halt to watch as the cross was carried from St George’s Church, up Lune Street, along Fishergate and to the war memorial on the Flag Market.
The drizzling rain and Easter fairground attractions stopped while the 30-minute outdoor service took place, accompanied by music from The Salvation Army. This year, Father Timothy Lipscomb, Vicar of Preston decided to change the format, so that symbols were included and re-enactments of Jesus’ crucifixion played out.
There were readings from representatives of many Christian denominations across the city, and hymns included There Is A Green Hill Far Away and O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded.
Father Timothy said: “Considering the weather, the turn-out has been good.
“In 10 years of doing this it hasn’t rained, and so I was very pleased to see it stop as the service started.”
He added: “It’s something very important we do and so vital we stopped the traffic.
“It’s the most important day of the year really. I’m quite pleased that we did something different this year.
“There is a danger of it becoming routine, and it should never become routine.”
He added that the Easter message was still as relevant as ever, with Christians recently being persecuted in Kenya.
He said: “Jesus gave hope to people in a world that may seem a bit hopeless.”
A Walk of Witness was also held in Leyland, starting at St Mary’s Church in Broadfield Drive and leading to St John’s Church in Leyland Lane.