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THE story of the death of Jesus Christ was told as parishioners took part in a Good Friday walk.

Christians from across Fareham held a silent procession – called a Walk of Witness – to the Podium in West Street.

ON THE MARCH Members of Fareham churches walked to the West Street podium on Good Friday led by Langford Vincent holding the cross '''''''''              Pictures: Paul Jacobs (150479-5&3)

ON THE MARCH Members of Fareham churches walked to the West Street podium on Good Friday led by Langford Vincent holding the cross ''''''''' Pictures: Paul Jacobs (150479-5&3)

More than 100 people then joined together to say prayers and sing hymns.

Meanwhile, Christians in Westbourne, near Emsworth, walked through the village yesterday with a large wooden cross, continuing a longstanding Easter tradition.

And in Southsea scores of parishioners walked along the seafront.

Liz Dunning, secretary of Christians Together in Fareham, said: ‘For me it’s the chance to share my witness with other Christians in Fareham and start my Easter worship.

‘Easter is the day that Christ rose to save us from our sins.

‘That’s the reason we are here. Today is a thoughtful day culminating in the joy on Easter Day.’

The Rev Alan Rogers, from Fareham Baptist New Life Church, said: ‘Today we remember that Jesus Christ was crucified in our place, so it’s a celebration, that’s why it’s called Good Friday.

‘It’s a walk of witness to show people who live in the town that churches are alive and witnessing to Jesus.’

Matthew Hibberd, 32, from Fareham, who worships at Fareham Baptist New Life Church, said: ‘I am here to recognise my faith in Christianity and to recognise the significance of Good Friday.

‘The Walk of Witness is recognising we are all saved by grace and by faith in Jesus Christ, not based on our own abilities.

‘It’s about recognising what Jesus did on that cross, so we can have a complete life in faith in God.’

Margaret Pearce, 72, said: ‘Christians from all the churches in Fareham are together.

‘It’s an excellent thing. We need to do more of it.’

In Westbourne worshippers from St John’s Parish Church, met at the top of Monk’s Hill and walked down to the village square, stopping for readings and hymns along the way.

About 30 people took part, ending the walk at the church and then enjoying coffee and hot cross buns.

Rector Rev Frank Wright said: ‘All our relationships, including that with God, can be expressed as a journey or walk together, facing all that life offers, the pleasure and the pain.

‘The last walk of Jesus from prison to the place of execution marks God’s close involvement with humanity.’

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