The Dukinfield Whit Walks, 08 June 2014
Hundreds of Dukinfield people took part and watched this year’s Procession of Witness. Walkers and observers were blessed with fine weather, though turnout of the latter group seemed to be down on last year’s figures. Unlike previous years, it seemed to have been a more stripped down event, with for any bystanders the omission of hymn sheets.
There was some criticism of the walks’ marshalling with little or no police presence to direct motorists away from the procession route. In spite of these shortcomings, it turned out to be better organised than Stalybridge’s procession four hours after Dukinfield’s walks.
The service, in honour of those who died in the 1914 – 1918 Great War, was rounded off with ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’.
This year saw a higher turnout of walkers for Dukinfield Baptist Church.
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St. John’s Church’s Whit Walks is set to take place on Whit Friday, at around 9.30am, so expect slight disruption on the 41, 343, 346, 389 and 408 services. Failing that, why not watch them?
S.V., 09 June 2014.