THE Good Friday procession to erect a cross on Cam Peak took place yesterday (Friday) after an absence of two years.

Due to Covid measures, the procession could not take place in 2020 or 2021.

But the event was back in full swing on Friday, with those taking part making up for lost time, as they processed through the streets and up the peak on what was a glorious spring morning.

Two groups, one setting off from Cam and the other Dursley, took part in the decades-old tradition this year.

Organised by Cam and Dursley Churches Together, the Walk of Witness included members of the area’s churches as well as other residents.

Along the way the procession stopped regularly to sing hymns and pray, telling the Easter story.

Emma Irvine, who took part in the walk, said: “It was a wonderful day.

"And amazing to gather again as a community to do the Walk of Witness.

"There were about 200 people walking and at various points along the walk we paused, shared scripture, prayers and worship together.

"The weather was splendid too."

This year marks 54 years since the Good Friday procession of witness at Cam Peak was launched. It started with a group of youngsters linked to ‘The People Next Door’, who made a cross out of a telegraph pole and planks of wood which they erected overnight.

The official processions, arranged by Cam and Dursley Churches Together, started a year later and have taken place every year since.

Many thanks to Emma Irvine and Carole Allen for these fabulous photos.