September 2 2014 Latest news:
Friday, April 18, 2014
A crowd of church-goers climbed one of north Norfolk’s highest points today (Friday) for a town tradition that marks the Good Friday Easter story.
Dozens of people, from three-year-olds to the elderly, took part in the procession from St Peter’s Church, Sheringham, to Beeston Bump a mile away, which included a group of people carrying a heavy wooden cross.
The Churches Together Walk of Witness saw the symbolic object being placed proudly above the North Sea and A149 coast road before a prayer was said by Rev Christian Heycocks the vicar of St Peter’s Church.
Mr Heycocks said: “It is obviously a very important day in the Christian calendar. It is the day when we remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is an opportunity for all Christians to come together and take part in this act of witness. It is always well attended and the church was packed out. It is quite a trek up the bump.
“It is part of the tradition of Sheringham. Where it stands, it can be see from the villages all around Sheringham. People always comment when they drive past it. People say it means a lot to them.”
He added some holidaymakers booked their breaks to coincide with the walk.
The service at St Peter’s Church was attended by about 300 people and included a dramatisation of the Easter story by adults and teenagers from the town’s Lighthouse Community Church.
Music was also played by the Sheringham Salvation Army band.
The procession stopped at the town clock for hymns, music and the Good Friday story.
A “Son Rise” service will be held at the cross on Easter Sunday at 7am, followed by breakfast at the Yesu centre, 15 High Street, Sheringham, run by the New Wine Church.
Churches Together is made up of the town’s seven church groups.
The cross will remain on the clifftop over the Easter weekend.