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Ilkeston - My Song Is Love Unknown
w/e 20 April 2014
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
My Song Is Love Unknown

The Good Friday Walk of Witness this year was different in that it started at the Market Place and continued down Bath Street instead of the other way round.

Service

The event actually began at 10am with a half-hour service in the United Reformed Church on Wharncliffe Road where the first hymn was "My Song Is Love Unknown".

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United Reformed Church

After the service the congregation left the church and made its way to the fountain on the Market Place.

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Around The Fountain

Reassembling at the fountain more people joined the group representing churches from all over the Ilkeston area to sing "There Is A Green Hill" before beginning the Walk of Christian Witness.

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Solitary Drum

To the beat of a solitary drum and following a simple wooden cross, the procession started off through the Lower Market Place.

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Lower Market Place

Pausing on the Lower Market Place to sing another hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" the procession then reformed to continue two by two into Bath Street.

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Snaking Back

As the cross and the drum passed the Albion Centre, the procession snaked back up to the Market Place.

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Dramatised Reading

Another stop was made outside the Derbyshire Building Society premises just below the Albion Centre where a dramatised reading of the Easter story was performed.

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When I Survey

The reading was followed by the singing of "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross". Some shoppers continued about their business but others stopped to join in this act of witness.

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On Bath Street

The procession which seemed to be getting bigger as more people joined then continued behind the cross as far as Chapel Street where it turned to reach the Salvation Army Citadel.

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Refreshments

As the people crowded into the building, there was time for prayers and a period of reflection before simple refreshments were served from a table at the back of the hall. It was perhaps fitting as the participants looked forward to the celebration of Easter Day that some of the hot cross buns were residing in a container that had previously held Celebrations chocolates.

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