Procession of the Witness

From Historical Hastings

The Procession of the Witness was a predominantly Anglican Church event in the 1920s held at Easter. During the procession a cross was carried through the streets led by the clergy, with members of the congregation following and culminated at a service either on, what was then, the new parade extension, and, more recently, one of the participating churches. The clergy decided not to hold the procession in 1932, which led to a number of complaints in the local press - one notably by a correspondent using the pseudonym 'Once a Witness'[1] -, however the procession was re-commenced in 1935, with on correspondent suggesting the inclusion of other Christian denominations in the parade[2].


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