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Huge march ensures it will be a good Friday

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

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CHURCH leaders from across Burton will come together on Good Friday for one of the largest Easter celebrations the town has ever seen.

Hundreds of people are expected to join top clergymen to mark the start of the Easter weekend, leading a march through the town centre.

The day will culminate in a service with a ‘modern feel’, featuring music, singing and dancing, as well as traditional Easter hymns, with people young and old being invited to join the party.

The March of Witness will begin from the Washlands, near Burton Library, at 11.15am, beginning with a prayer and a welcome for those in attendance, before moving along High Street towards the war memorial where the final service will take place.

The colourful congregation are expected to be hold aloft celebratory banners and balloons as they make their way across town.

There will also be a similar celebration in Swadlincote on Good Friday, starting at the Hill Street Baptist Church from 10.15am.

While there will be much fun to be had, the event will also bring together varying branches of the Christian faith and Phil Craythorne, minister at the King’s Way Church, in Queen Street, said that was what was most important.

“It is going to be a great day for Christians to further unite and come together,” he said.

“No opportunity to celebrate the hallmark of God’s love should be missed.

“The fact that so many different church congregations take part emphasises the importance of this to all of us and demonstrates that despite our differences we can all gather around the central truth of God’s forgiveness and mercy offered to us through the cross.”

Daryl Williams, minister of Riverside Church, in High Street, added: “For me, the March of Witness is about coming together with other Christians from different denominations across the town as an act of remembrance.

“It was such a great success last year that we have decided to do the same again. We hope that this year will attract many more in attending. Easter is a time to celebrate, and all will be welcome to come and join us.”

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