HUNDREDS of people have shown their religious faith in an event which drew in big crowds in Hartlepool.
The Walk of Witness was held on Good Friday for the fourth year in a row, and saw congregations walk with crosses from seven town Catholic parishes to the war memorial in the centre of town.
Once there, the story of the death of Jesus Christ was told, with an audience of around 200 people watching.
Ten people played the parts of the main players in the story of Christ, such as Caesar and the disciples as well as Jesus.
The watching audience took on the role of the crowd who would decide on the crucifixion.
Bernadette Malcolmson is a member of the Youth Ministry Co-Ordination Team which organised the walk. She said: “It started off as a youth ministry driven event and we got all the parishes involved.”
Crosses were first carried to the central point from St Mary’s on the Headland, St John Vianney, St Thomas More, St Joseph’s, St Cuthbert’s, St Patrick’s and St Teresa’s churches.
Bernadette added: “Each set off at slightly different times so they could arrive at the memorial at the same time.”
Each parish chose a young person to be a part of the reading of the Passion on the steps of the memorial.
And Bernadette explained how the event was gaining more public interest each year. “People see us going past and ask us ‘what is going on’ and they sit and watch and listen.
“We do it as something to represent our faith on a really holy time.”
The Walk of the Witness is one example of the varied programme of events planned by the Youth Ministry Co-Ordination Team.
“We have quite a broad spectrum of work that we do,” said Bernadette.
She encouraged anyone wanting to find out more to visit the website at www.hartlepoolyouthministry.blogspot.com
The Hartlepool Youth Ministry blog was set up in April 2008 under the name of EMS Mission 2009.
The idea was to use the blog in the build up to a youth mission, to raise awareness around the school, encourage people of the Parishes in Hartlepool to participate and have a place to document the actual Mission itself.