Hundreds of pilgrims in Walsingham today as National Pilgrimage is moved to fit in with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Hundreds of pilgrims are in Walsingham today for the annual National Pilgrimage.

The event usually takes place on the bank holiday Monday at the end of May but was moved so it could be part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Thee preacher this year is the Bishop of Exeter, Michael Langrish.

The mass took place in the Abbey Grounds at 12pm followed by a procession from the Holy House. The mass was presided over by the Bishop of Beverley, Martyn Jarrett who is due to retire this year.

The main pilgrimage procession through the streets of Walsingham is happening this afternoon.

Fr Rob Marshall from the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, said: 'It has felt a little odd having this event in June but people have been getting used to it.

'Some people who would have been here have been attending parish events throughout the country but the turnout has still been reasonable good. We've had more than 100 clergy here and hundreds of pilgrims.'

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