Rain fails to stop Good Friday parade

The Boys Brigade at the Easter parade
The Boys Brigade at the Easter parade

Rain failed to stop an Easter tradition as dozens of musicians took part in the annual Good Friday Parade in South Shields.

The Procession of Witness parade was organised by the Sunday School Union.

Zara Punshon at the Easter Parade

Zara Punshon at the Easter Parade

It saw bands gather at Living Waters Church before heading along to Fowler Street where they were joined by marchers from the People’s mission Church to march the last leg of the route to South Shields Market Place.

Alongside marchers from the churches those taking part also included the Boys Brigade, Salvation Army and Brownies.

Despite the rain, dozens of people gathered at the Market Place to take part in the service led by Pastor Dave Schofield from Living Waters Church.

He told the story of how Jesus was crucified but rose again.

Crowds gather for the Easter service

Crowds gather for the Easter service

The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside Coun Alan Smith and Coun Moira Smith.

Speaking from the balcony of the Old Town Hall, Coun Alan Smith said:" Easter is the start of Spring where we can start to look forward.

“Good Friday gives us the opportunity to spend time with our familiy and friends.

“We wish everyone a Happy Easter.”

A number of hymns were sang and prayers were said before the marchers took their place to head back to their respective churches.

Shelley Punshon, from the Living Waters Church said: “It’s great to see so many people turning out despite the weather.”

Other processions and services were held at the West Park and Harton Primary School.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress, Coun Olive Punchion and Mrs Mary French attended a service held at Jarrow’s Viking Centre ahead of a service held at the Salvation Army in Monkton Road.