HUNDREDS of people from churches across the area took part in Good Friday marches to bear witness to their faith.
At Corby more than 200 people from churches in the town took part in a procession from the Church of the Epiphany, in Elizabeth Street, to Queens Square, where a service was led by Dr Paul Buckingham.
There was also a Passion Play and hymns and songs performed by a gospel choir made up of members of the congregations from several churches in the town. The Walk of Witness was organised by Churches Together in Corby and District.
The Rev Paul Frost, parish priest for St John’s in Corby Old Village and the Church of the Epiphany, in the town centre, said: “It’s important that churches join together on Good Friday for worship and to show our faith and unity.”
In Rushden more than 200 people took part in the annual Walk of Witness, marching from the Salvation Army building in Church Street to the Independent Wesleyan Chapel in High Street.
The event was organised by Rushden and Higham Council of Churches and its chairman David Gator said: “We had a fantastic turnout and it was good to see shoppers joining in our open air service and joining us at the end for hot cross buns.
“It was a chance for people to think about the true meaning of Easter.”
In Kettering church-goers from Christ the King, Central Methodist, St Andrew’s, Rockingham Road Baptist Church and the parish church of St Peter and St Paul took part in a Walk of Witness, which was followed by an open service outside the Toller United Reform Church, in Gold Street.
Worshippers in Wellingborough took part in a procession from Broad Green to the town centre, marking the stations of the cross with prayers at a number of churches on the route.
Chairman of Churches Together in Wellingborough, the Rev Easton Russell, said: “We had a very good turnout and many people joined our open air service in the town centre.”