Cross will return to seaside hilltop

RICHARD BATSON A symbolic cross will be carried to the top of a seaside hill on Good Friday, a year after it was damaged by vandals.

RICHARD BATSON

A symbolic cross will be carried to the top of a seaside hill on Good Friday, a year after it was damaged by vandals.

Last Easter the 14ft cross was tossed over the cliffs at Beeston Bump, near Sheringham, two days after it was put on the hilltop overlooking the town.

But fittingly it too has risen again, having been repaired by local churchgoers who will turn out again in force for the silent cross carrying procession.

And the local Baptist minister, the Rev Mike McGill, chairman of the Churches Together group which runs the ceremony, has asked for the cross to be left alone, and shown respect. But he said there was nothing further they could do to make it more secure.

Anyone can join the procession. It leaves the Methodist Church, on Cromer Road, at 11.15am, moves silently through the town to the clock for a short service before it is carried up the hill at the head of a snaking parade of followers.

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It is then positioned on the hilltop in another short ceremony.