Joy and wet feet
Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
TWENTY-FOUR pilgrims walked 110 miles
along the old paths of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich diocese,
at least another 50 accompanied them for part of the way, and “loads joined in”
for the last day’s walk and final Saturday-night barbecue, says Sarah Friswell,
the visitors’ officer at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
She was one of those who managed the
entire pilgrimage “to celebrate the near-completion of the cathedral tower”.
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There had been a tradition of
shorter youth pilgrimages started by the Rt Revd Martin Shaw, who used to be
Precentor at the Cathedral, but recently left to become the Bishop of Argyll
& the Isles in
But this year it was felt that
there should be something bigger, lasting ten days, and Bishop Shaw came back
to lead it.
They walked through as many
parishes of the diocese as they could fit in, and bedded down overnight in
parish halls, or stayed in the homes of parishioners, who were all wonderfully
Only on one day did it rain
unrelentingly, and “there was nowhere to hide: we just had to get on with it,”
says Ms Friswell.
On the final Sunday morning they started
at seven, the Bishop eating his breakfast on the way, and arrived to a fanfare
and standing applause for the morning service in the Cathedral.