Rain fails to dampen ‘faith’ in Chesterfield parade - slideshow

sp90313 Chesterfield Procession of Witness.

sp90313 Chesterfield Procession of Witness.

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GOOD cheer triumphed over dismal weather as hundreds lined the streets for a historic parade.

People sheltered under umbrellas to show their support for Chesterfield’s famous Procession of Witness, where 27 churches led a lively parade through the town, on Monday.

This year the Whit Walk celebrated the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and came after a week of random acts of kindness to spread good deeds which was backed by the Derbyshire Times.

Almost 1,000 surprise gifts of Luke’s Gospel and balloons were handed out while many decorated floats depicted such gestures from the Bible or the activities of Christian organisations.

“This was a wonderful act of witness”, said Chris Townsend, procession secretary for Christian Education Chesterfield.

“To see all the people who were prepared to turn out in these conditions showed what faith exists in this town.”

The procession’s theme was “The Year of the Bible”.

To read the full story, and read of more good deeds, see this Thursday’s Derbyshire Times.