HUNDREDS of people packed Stamford High Street today (Friday) to watch the annual Walk of Witness.
The solemn service to mark Good Friday started at midday in High Street and was led by Dean of Stamford the Very Rev Mark Warrick, who is chairman of Stamford Churches Together which organises the event. It began with a hymn and an introduction by the Very Rev Warrick in which he thanked people for attending.
Jesus, played by Clive Hankers, then led the cross and a procession of those gathered along High Street, up Star Lane and along Broad Street, accompanied by a drummer. The walk stopped for a hymn at the top of Ironmonger Street, before continuing along Broad Street, through Red Lion Square and back down High Street to resume its position at the bottom of Ironmonger Street.
Jade Turner, 18, a singer with the Stamford Gospel Choir, and the rest of the choir then led the hymn Steal Away as Jesus took his place on the stage.
Following a second performance by the choir of The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, Jesus died and was taken away from the crowds on a stretcher.
During the service, there were readings from Father Chris O’Connor from St Mary and St Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Rev David Oxtoby from St George’s Church and Christ Church and Ian Walford from the Salvation Army.
Stamford Brass Band accompanied the hymns.
The Very Rev Warrick then finished the hour-long service with another hymn, the Lord’s Prayer and a blessing.
Afterwards he said it had been a good event and estimated there had been between 200 and 300 people gathered.
He said: “I thought the turnout was the best we’ve ever seen, particularly during the walk itself. People started drifting away during the readings. Altogether it was a good crowd.
“The drama on stage with the gospel choir was particularly good this year as well.
“The walk brings home to everyone the sacrifices Jesus made for us.”