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Pilgrims progress round the benefice

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

The pilgrims arrive at St Euny Church for prayers on the annual Redruth Churches pilgrimage.

The pilgrims arrive at St Euny Church for prayers on the annual Redruth Churches pilgrimage.

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A GROUP of hardy souls took part in the annual Redruth Pilgrimage.

Seventeen people – and two dogs – were involved in the event, which began and ended at St Andrew's Church, Redruth.

Seven completed the full 12.6 miles which took in St Euny Church, St Andrew's, Pencoys, Christchurch, Lanner, St Day Holy Trinity, and St Stephen's, Treleigh.

The day began with mass at St Andrew's Redruth and included a lunch stop at Christchurch, Lanner.

St Andrew's churchwarden Rosemary Robinson said: "We normally do a two-day pilgrimage in May or June, but because our team vicar was ill, we had to postpone.

"We incorporated the five churches in the Redruth benefice, and we visited Holy Trinity at St Day as well."

A pilgrimage was first held in 2008 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of St Andrew's, Redruth, and it has now become a tradition. Those who were unable to walk the full distance instead drove between churches to join in the prayers.

Mrs Robinson added: "Everyone who took part really enjoyed it, even if they could only do certain bits.

"It brought people together, rather than just inside church on a Sunday.

"Church isn't just about going to a service on a Sunday, it's about doing things together outside as well."

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