CHESTERFIELD: Glorious Whit Walk wows crowds

Julie Ibberson, Jane Bulkova and Pamela Gratton of Hope Life Ministries.
Julie Ibberson, Jane Bulkova and Pamela Gratton of Hope Life Ministries.

The sun shone on Chesterfield’s famous Whit Walk on Bank Holiday Monday – hailed as the biggest in more than a decade.

The annual procession of witness – which included more than 30 churches of all denominations – featured decorated floats and tableaux, Christian rock music, marching bands and clowns.

This year’s procession portrayed the theme of ‘Jesus is Alive’.

As the historic parade set off from Rose Hill and snaked around the town centre, hundreds of people lined the streets to watch.

Crowds were presented with balloons, gospels, roses and other gifts from churches around Chesterfield.

Organisers from Christian Education: Chesterfield said they were delighted with the fun-filled event, which was attended by Paul Stone and Barbara Wallace, the town’s Mayor and Mayoress.

Chris Townsend, procession of witness secretary, said: “It was a very special morning for all involved.

“What a wonderful sight to see the churches walking together in such numbers to proclaim their Christian faith. Also, what an eye opener to realise how active the churches are in bringing Christ’s love to so many areas of Chesterfield.”

The procession first took place as long ago as 1850.

Christian Education: Chesterfield would like to hear from Derbyshire Times readers who attended the event.

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For further information about Christian Education: Chesterfield and to learn more about the Whit Walk, log on to www.christianeducationchesterfield.2day.ws.