VIDEO AND PICTURES: Chesterfield Whit Walks
A record number of churches were involved in one of Chesterfield's oldest traditions on bank holiday Monday.
This year’s ‘Whit Walks’, which first took place in 1850, saw some thirty six churches and Christian organisations walking together.
The procession was led by Storrs Rd Methodists whose tableau was entitled ‘Sheep R Us’ and for the first time ever a juggler, called Jugalubs was part of the procession.
There were many decorated floats and walking tableaux and the crowds received freebies ranging from brightly coloured balloons and bubble blowers to home made cakes and buns.
A special presentation was made to Chris Townsend, who is retiring as procession secretary after twenty five years, and to his wife Vicky.
Chris reassured the crowd that the ‘Whit Walks’ would go on regardless and he urged everyone to meet up again next year, same time, same place.
The traditional “Procession of Witness” has long been celebrated and for many, Whitsun remains an important date in the calendar.