In Pictures: Highlights of the Dukinfield Whit Walks

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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Dukinfield Moravian Church, Crescent, Dukinfield
Dukinfield Moravian Church.
Dukinfield Baptist Church, Crescent, Dukinfield
Dukinfield Baptist Church, led out by St. John’s Castle Band, Droylsden.
Dukinfield Baptist Church, Crescent, Dukinfield
Dukinfield Baptist Church.
Adamsons Band, King Street, Dukinfield
Adamsons Band, leading out St. Mark’s churches.
Besses Boys, King Street, Dukinfield
Besses Boys, on King Street.
Old Chapel Unitarian Church, King Street, Dukinfield
On the way back: Old Chapel Unitarian Church minutes away from approaching Astley Street and returning via Crescent Road.
St. Lukes and St. Marks Church, with Adamsons Band, Crescent Road, Dukinfield
Not far now: Adamsons Band and St. Mark’s church on Crescent Road.
Dukinfield Methodist Church, Crescent Road, Dukinfield
That’s it for another year: Dukinfield Methodist Church only a few yards from ‘home’ on Crescent Road near the war memorial.

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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.

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