Hundreds turn out for Good Friday event

131335c'The annual Churches Together Walk of Witness through Scarborough on Good Friday'Picture by Neil Silk'29/03/13

131335c'The annual Churches Together Walk of Witness through Scarborough on Good Friday'Picture by Neil Silk'29/03/13

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Worshippers took to the streets of Scarborough for the annual Walk of Witness event on Good Friday.

In total, 245 church-goers paraded through the town centre, with volunteers at the front carrying a 10ft wooden cross.

131335d'The annual Churches Together Walk of Witness through Scarborough on Good Friday'Picture by Neil Silk'29/03/13

131335d'The annual Churches Together Walk of Witness through Scarborough on Good Friday'Picture by Neil Silk'29/03/13

The event is open to worshippers from all Scarborough churches, and has been a tradition in the town for several decades.

Rev Graeme Parkins, former minister of the Scarborough Christian Fellowship in Castle Road, helps organise the event.

He said: “It’s a traditional Easter celebration with all the churches in town, and the aim is to take the church on to the street.”

Participants set off from William Street car park, before a march through the town centre on their way up to Scarborough Caste.

131335e'The annual Churches Together Walk of Witness through Scarborough on Good Friday'Picture by Neil Silk'29/03/13

131335e'The annual Churches Together Walk of Witness through Scarborough on Good Friday'Picture by Neil Silk'29/03/13

Once on the castle grounds, the procession concludes with a service.

And although the image of over 200 people marching through the town centre carrying a giant cross is a touch surreal, Rev Parkins praised the community for their support of the event.

“People were very nice and complimentary,” he said.

“Someone from one of the flower shops even rushed outside and handed some flowers to some of the ladies.”

The number of worshippers was slightly down on the 2012 turnout, which has been attributed to the dramatic difference in temperature.

However, the event was still labelled a “big success”.

For a full Easter picture roundup, see The Scarborough News this Thursday.