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VIDEO: Marching on in traditional Easter parades

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HUNDREDS of marchers took to the streets of South Tyneside to take part in the traditional Good Friday parades.

Crowds lined the roadsides as the 164th Procession of Witnesses made their way from Laygate to the Old Town Hall Market Place in South Shields.

Members of the Salvation Army, Westoe Road Baptist Church, Living Waters Church and Bethesda Free Church, plus many youth groups, proudly marched in time to the sound of the brass band.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, greeted all of them on arrival.

He said: “Despite two world wars this procession service has carried on over the years.

“It’s wonderful to see so many young people here today to carry on this tradition.

“On behalf of South Tyneside Council, I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all, and I would like to wish everyone a happy Easter. God bless.”

Hymns, including There Is A Green Hill, were then sung by the congregation before prayers were said.

Valerie Campbell, 69, of West Harton, South Shields, said: “I love coming down here every Good Friday. It’s something I’ve done every year since I was a child.

“Back then I used to march a bit quicker, and I always looked forward to the blood-red orange I got given afterwards in church.”

Ceremonies were also held at West Park in Stanhope Road, South Shields, Jarrow’s Salvation Army Citadel and St Aloysius Church in Hebburn.

 

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