After a short service everyone congregated outside ready for our Walk of Witness.
Blessed with a sunny day and a large number of people from the churches and organisations in the village we followed the traditional route walking towards Bispham accompanied by Eccleston Brass Band. This year Reverend David Reynold and his wife accompanying the clergy on the walk after his retirement 3 years ago.
After reaching the parish boundary we returned to the village green for a short brake and refreshments.
We continued the procession back through Mawdesley to Stocks Hall Care Home where we were we received a tremendous welcome with residents and staff outside waiting for us and providing snacks and drinks while we listened to music by the Red Admiral Music Academy. Before we left to return to the church the Morris Dancers still had the energy to dance for the residents which is amazing as they dance throughout the walk even while we are having our stops.
Returning through the village the Walk of Witness ends at St Peter’s church and the teams who had carried the banners throughout the walk have a well earned rest as we all joined together to sing our final Hymn to mark the official end to the walk.
Mawdesley really know how to finish the Walk of Witness as we join together to have a meal at the Cricket Club.
A massive thank-you to everyone who are involved in the preparation and on the day without all their hard work the weekend couldn’t be a success.
Mawdesley with Bispham is probably unique in the fact that events take place from the Friday evening through to Sunday Evening there is something for every generation and a truly village event where everyone comes together.