Walks mark Easter significance

The new cross in place at Horsehold, Hebden Bridge, with members of Chuirches Together in Hebden Royd
The new cross in place at Horsehold, Hebden Bridge, with members of Chuirches Together in Hebden Royd

The religious significance of Easter and Christ’s resurrection, was celebrated in the Calder Valley on Good Fridayand Easter Sunday.

As well as church communities hold their own services and celebrations, Churches Together groups in both Todmorden and Hebden Royd held special events.

Walk of Witness service at Todmorden the Peace Garden next to the Town Hall with music by Todmorden Community Brass Band

Walk of Witness service at Todmorden the Peace Garden next to the Town Hall with music by Todmorden Community Brass Band

In Todmorden, the traditional Good Friday Walk of Witness saw a parade make its way from St Joseph’s Church, Wellington Road, Todmorden, through Todmorden town centre to the Peace Garden next to Todmorden Town Hall.

A short service, with music provided by Todmorden Community Band members at which the public were welcome to join in, was held.

Easter week saw members of Hebden Royd Churches Together take place in a number of events.

On Palm Sunday afternoon, members of the local Churches Together group gathered to put in place the giant Easter cross on the hilltop at Horsehold, which overlooks Hebden Bridge.

Walk of Witness service at Todmorden the Peace Garden next to the Town Hall with music by Todmorden Community Brass Band

Walk of Witness service at Todmorden the Peace Garden next to the Town Hall with music by Todmorden Community Brass Band

Proceedings included a short service led by Father John Gott of the Good Shepherd RC Church, Mytholmroyd.

Group members led a Stations of the Cross walk from Hebden Bridge town centre on Good Friday.

Then on Easter Sunday they made an early start, heading for the cross at Horsehold at around 6.50am for a special “Sonrise” celebration to mark Christ’s resurrection.

The new cross at Horsehold was made for Churches Together, constructed by joiner David Foullger at the factory premises of Wireform in Hebden Bridge.

Walk of Witness led by reverend Jo Kershaw, Burnley Road, Todmorden.

Walk of Witness led by reverend Jo Kershaw, Burnley Road, Todmorden.

The owners, the Morley family, supplied metal components and allowed the use of machinery to make the new cross.

The old one, dating back 30 years, had deteriorated and it was decided that a new cross was needed to replace it.