Global interest in pilgrimage route

PEOPLE from around the world will arrive in Todmorden for a three-day festival to launch the new Paulinus Way pilgrimage route to York.

The inaugural Paulinus Festival will feature a variety of community, medieval themed events taking place at several locations around town over the bank holiday weekend.

Tina Clayton, one of the 32-strong team which has organised the festival, said: “We have been taken aback by the level of interest in the Paulinus Way, and we hope this will translate into people visiting Todmorden and enjoying what we have to offer here.”

On Sunday afternoon, the first group of pilgrims will depart on the 64-mile journey to York, where they will be greeted by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.

Among the pilgrims will be Paulinus Barnes, from Wrexham, whose great, great, great grandfather from Todmorden was also called Paulinus.

“The Paulinus Way team hopes that the community of Todmorden will enjoy the free opening festival and will have fun alongside our visitors,” Tina said.

“I hope the Paulinus Way will encourage everyone to find out more about their local heritage and, along with that, a little more about Paulinus.”

The pilgrim route is for everyone, not just those of faith.

Tina said it will appeal to people including walkers, cyclists, nature lovers and historians.

“We are already working on how the Paulinus Way can be promoted and developed in the future,” she said.

l See page five for more information about the festival events