Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Easters Past; Your Memories

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Easters Past; Your Memories

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CYNTHIA Frank of Acklam has sent in an especially seasonal memory of the Good Friday Processions of Witness by the non- Roman Catholic Churches in Middlesbrough.

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The two photographs cannot be accurately dated and Cynthia says she is not exactly sure, but the picture of the procession passing the shops on Linthorpe Road with Bishop Walter Hubert Baddeley of Whitby means that this must be sometime between 1947 and 1954. The other photograph showing the start of the procession is a little more difficult to date but maybe around the late 1950s. Cynthia tells us what she remembers from those times and describes the photographs for us.

"There have been some pictures in Remember When of the Corpus Christi procession but I wonder how many people remember the Procession of Witness by the non-Roman Catholic Churches held on Good Friday from the Cenotaph by Albert Park to the Town Hall? This procession only took place for a few years because the police refused to stop the traffic on the route. At first the traffic was prevented from using the side of the road where the procession was taking place but in later years there were no restrictions on traffic imposed by the police. Even in the days before the advent of Health and Safety it was felt unwise to continue.

I have included some photographs but I am not sure exactly when they were taken but perhaps some other readers might have some idea. On the photograph taken at the beginning of the procession you can clearly see Hilda House with the Dorman Museum behind and just beyond St Philomena's (later Sacred Heart). I think this may have been a very early photograph because my father, John Frank is carrying the processional cross from St Aidan's Church. Later some of the parishioners from the non-conformist churches complained about the cross having the figure of Christ upon it, so in later years my father carried a plain cross which came from St Alban's Church. …

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