Video: Cross leads procession through Lewes

More than 100 people took part in the poignant Procession of Witness through the streets of Lewes on Good Friday.

Hundreds more saw the giant cross being solemnly carried to The Mount, a traditional reminder to townsfolk of Christ’s crucifixion.

Lewes cross bearing

Lewes cross bearing

The event, organised by Churches Together in Lewes, began with a prayer at St Pancras Roman Catholic Church.

The procession then made its way in silence from Irelands Lane via the High Street, St Andrews Lane, Southover Road, Station Road and Mountfield Road to the distinctive hillock overlooking The Dripping Pan.

A reading was delivered at The Mount by Judith Egan, of St Anne’s Church, and a prayer was led by Fr Jonathan Martin, of St Pancras Church.

The cross was erected at the summit as the sun dipped in the west and remained there over the East weekend.

Fr Martin said: “It’s an important thing to do to remember that day and shows the church united beneath the cross. It’s a moving experience - many people bow their heads as the procession goes past.”