Pilgrims flock to St Albans for Easter: With gallery

St Albans Easter Monday Pilgrimage

St Albans Easter Monday Pilgrimage - Credit: Archant

A sunny mood matched the weather on Monday when pilgrims from all over the St Albans diocese arrived in the city for the annual Easter Pilgrimage.

Around a thousand people were at the 70th Easter Monday Pilgrimage - with the only casualty being a shortage of service sheets for everyone.

Some pilgrims had walked more than 40 miles from across Herts and Beds to the Pilgrimage which takes the form of a picnic in the Abbey Orchard followed by a service.

Many had been coming for years and the display of badges, given out as they pass the Shrine each year, was a popular sight.

One group was celebrating its 30th Pilgrimage, having started in their teens in the youth group in Chipping Barnet.

But it was not all long-standing pilgrims at the cathedral this Easter Monday - 79-year-old Douglas Dear was there for the first time.

There were some familiar faces as well - Atalie Gaines, a trainee priest from Harpenden who is now studying at Westcott House, Cambridge, before being ordained in St Albans this summer, was among the throng.

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In addition Father David Warner, who was a member of the root group at the cathedral a few years ago before going off to train, was also a participant in the Pilgrimage.