Crowds turn out for Droitwich Walk of Witness

Droitwich Advertiser: The cross is erected in Victoria Square. SP The cross is erected in Victoria Square. SP

NEARLY 300 people took part in the annual Good Friday Walk of Witness, which was organised by Churches Together in Droitwich (CTiD), despite concerns that it might not be able to go ahead.

Walkers held a short service at the Sacred Heart Church on Worcester Road before volunteers carried a three metre tall wooden cross along the road into the town centre, where it was temporarily installed in Victoria Square.

In previous years, the walkers have been accompanied by vehicles and officers from the local police, but due to a lack of available staff they were unable to help out this year, and there were concerns that with the addition of the new Charter market, there might be health and safety issues.

However, several stalls were relocated, and the walkers were joined by a squadron of Roman soldiers from the local re-enactment society instead, which provided an idea of the time they were trying to conjure up, while volunteers marshalled the event.

In Victoria Square shoppers, stall holders and members of the public were invited to join Christians from nine of the town’s churches in a short service of remembrance led by the Rev Jane Wilson, deputy chairman of Churches Together in Droitwich, which included a re-enactment of Jesus’ last words on the Cross, before the singing of Easter hymns, accompanied by the Droitwich Salvation Army band.

Following the service members of the public were invited to share coffee and hot cross buns at the Baptist church.

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