Walk of Witness marks Good Friday in Hartlepool

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Churchgoers from across Hartlepool came together for an annual Good Friday service which marked the death of Jesus Christ.

The Walk of Witness, which saw worshippers carrying wooden crosses through the streets depicting part of Christ’s final walk, was well supported.

A cross is carried down Victoria Road as people make there way to Victory Square for the Witness Walk good Friday service. Picture by FRANK REID

A cross is carried down Victoria Road as people make there way to Victory Square for the Witness Walk good Friday service. Picture by FRANK REID

More than 100 people of all ages gathered in Victory Square yesterday morning for the service led by Father Michael Griffiths from the town’s St Joseph’s Church.

Bernadette Malcolmson of Hartlepool Youth Ministry which jointly organises the event with Hartlepool’s six Catholic churches said: “Good Friday is a massively important day for us.

“We call it a walk of witness because we are witnesses to our faith. Along the way people look at us with the crosses and some will ask questions.

“But it is good that on a day like this we can visibly demonstrate our faith to others and the importance of that.”

it is good that on a day like this we can visibly demonstrate our faith to others

Bernadette Malcolmson, Hartlepool Youth Ministry

Parishioners from St Mary’s on the Headland, St Joseph’s, St Patrick’s, St Cuthbert’s, St John Vianney and St Thomas More Catholic churches all brought crosses to the square and joined in the service that was blessed with spring sunshine.

Readings from the Station of the Cross Bible verses relating to the crucifixion of Jesus were read from the steps of the war memorial, including by children.

Hymns were also sung to guitar music.

It is the seventh successive year that the Walk of Witness event has been held in the town centre for the start of the Christian Church’s most important festival.

Bernadette, who is part of St Mary’s Church, added: “People walking past sometimes just latch on and listen to what we have got to say.

“It is also good to see young people having an active role in an event like this.”