Rosaline Brothers reports on this year's Walk of Witness, which took place as usual on Good Friday.
The 300 or so participants in this Good Friday tradition in Guildford gathered at the bottom of North Street.
The Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Revd. Robert Cotton, welcomed the people and led them in prayer. The M.P. for Guildford, Anne Milton, then read from Mark 15, 1-5.
Following a rousing introduction from the band of the Salvation Army and enthusiastic hymn singing, walkers with banners to represent all the Christian denominations and organisations in Guildford set off up the High Street.
Some of the churches and groups marked out by banners included the four CPG churches, Holy Trinity, Guildford Baptist Church, University of Surrey SPCF, St. Mary’s Guildford and Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy.
A beautiful warm and sunny day added to the moving atmosphere as everyone made their way to Tunsgate where the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Mike Parsons, greeted them and delivered a thoughtful speech to the group.
Onward and Upward, over the cobbles, the witnesses made their way to the Holy Trinity frontage where the two men who had carried the wooden cross were relieved of their burden. The cross was erected in the church grounds in view of everyone and a prayer was said and a hymn sung before a final blessing.