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As it happened: Warrington Walking Day 2014
Updated 12:42pm Friday 27th June 2014 in News
This live event has finished
- Crowds filled the town centre to celebrate Walking Day today.
- The annual tradition is held once a year - come rain or shine.
- See how the day went
That's it for today and thank you to everyone who has been involved in Walking Day 2014.
Make sure you pick up a copy of the Warrington Guardian next Thursday to check out our Walking Day special supplement.
We will see you all again next year. Here's hoping the sun joins us then too.
The excitement was infectious at today's Walking Day. This talented musician made sure you could hear the parade across Warrington.
Top marks for this dinosaur balloon. We hope he wasn't too much of a nuisance during the parade.
St Elphin's church banner in front of the Town Hall earlier this morning
Check out the Brownies on the Town Hall lawn
The town centre churches walk behind their banner
The Sacred Heart Primary School banner
Good umbrellas - walking with the Sacred Heart contingent
The procession is now coming to an end.
Our two photographers have been out and about taking snaps during the parade.
Stay tuned to see if you have been caught on camera enjoying the festivities today.
Warrington Walking Day with @WarringtonYFC #AwakenUK2014 #CFNI http://t.co/639LK2wiov— @simonpauldunn 27 June 2014
The guy who throws the stick at posten gate is defo the best part of walking day— @RachelKinlin 27 June 2014
With the Orford Councillors at Walking Day! http://t.co/kYUa305lgl— @HelenJonesMP 27 June 2014
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Aaron Ashbrook, leader of 33rd Warrington West Scouts added: “We’re walking with St Andrews Church, this is my 47th walking day, but the group has been going for 29 years and it has been doing walking day for that long.”
Speaking about the day, Rev. Michael Finlay said: “It’s been very enjoyable, it’s the first time I have been able to see the whole thing as previously I’ve always been involved, so it’s good to be a spectator. The weather always just about holds off."
It was all smiles as thousands took part in the procession and many had donned their finest attire for the day.
But the biggest smiles came when children were given a few coins for their efforts by spectators. Lovely to see.
Despite one to many dark clouds hovering over Warrington, the rain did not make an appearance.
All the groups have left the Town Hall and have set off around the town centre.
everywhere except pubs and takeaways should shut on walking day #warringtonwalkingday— @stephylaura 27 June 2014
Walking day is nowhere near as fun when you're an adult as it is when you're a child, with getting money off people you rarely see/know. ...— @ellieamacdonald 27 June 2014
Check out walking day from the turn of the 19th century - not changed that much has it
And now the familiar sound of bagpipes! I may only hear bagpipes once a year but I really like them
Walking day with the boys http://t.co/sbhK5Y2nBv— @elliottickle 27 June 2014
And the first of the procession has made its way down Bridge Street - an hour of band music to enjoy for us here in the office now!
Love, love, love #Warrington walking day, go Eve! #goddaughter @warringtonnews http://t.co/bsPfDMfAEd— @Guapette78 27 June 2014
Initially, it is understood that mainly members of the Church of England took part, but in 1857 the first record of Roman Catholic scholars joining in with the celebrations of Walking Day was reported in the Warrington Guardian.
Until 1908 the different religious denominations followed a separate route from the Church of England procession. Although in 1909 the same route was used by all denominations, the non-conformists and Roman Catholics did not assemble in Bank Park, nor take part in a march past the Town Hall.
Eventually, in 1920 all participants in the procession came together to proclaim a joint acknowledgement of Christianity.
It's #warringtonwalkingday today. I was born on #warrington walking day 21 years ago— @_AmeliaRiley 27 June 2014
Estimates are some 4,000 people will be taking part in Warrington Walking Day.
Many others have turned out to watch.
Crowds are gathering at the Town Hall for this year's Walking Day - great atmosphere! http://t.co/pBc81yVRKN— @WarringtonBC 27 June 2014
We love the excitement of Warrington Walking Day - Were lucky enough to watch it from our office http://t.co/7hRyH7DIlj— @AcademicsNW 27 June 2014
Always feel a bit sad to not be in Warrington on Walking Day. Not been at it for years now but many memories of such a good day— @MattJeziorski 27 June 2014
The parade is preparing to set off, walking around the town centre like others have done for the past 180 years.
Don't worry if you can't make it out to watch Walking Day. You will be able to hear them from the far corners of the town courtesy of Sir Thomas Boteler High School Samba Band.
These children from Latchford St James Primary School are dressed to impress.
More than 180 years after the first walking day, does it still have a relevance today?
Have your say in our ballot
Joan Rowson, from St Elphin's Parish Church Choir, has taken part in Walking Day for the past 20 years.
She said: "We were expecting rain but it has hopefully kept away."
My niece looks adorable today, love walking day!— @RyanWilford_93 27 June 2014
So when did Warrington Walking Day first start I hear you ask?
Well Reverend Powys, Rector of Warrington in 1832, introduced the concept of people walking together as 'an expression of Christian Witness'.
Groups are starting to arrive at the Town Hall and, despite some threatening-looking clouds, the weather is holding out.
The bands are out and about on Sankey Street.
We have been drawing up a list of the 10 things we love about Warrington Walking Day.
Fancy a look? Click here for more
Happy Warrington Walking Day #warringtonwalkingday #warringtonwalkingday— @innexdesigns 27 June 2014
Warrington Walking Day with the Parrys! — in Warrington http://t.co/uR3qtwHPZj— @closter79 27 June 2014
1000 balloons ready for Warrington walking day #awakenuk2014 @ Wycliffe Church http://t.co/Of4V9h0GDc— @simonpauldunn 27 June 2014
And the first bands can now be heard at the Warrington Guardian offices on Bridge Street. Always a sign that walking day is starting!
Happy Warrington Walking Day everyone. To fit in with tradition, I've closed the office and taking the day off!— @RobJGriffiths 27 June 2014
Looking at the running order, as it tradition, St Elphin's will be the first church to arrive on the Town Hall at 10.05am.
They will then arrive in good order over the next hour until Sacred Heart is the last one at 11am.
The first set of parades will now be en route to the Town Hall. Fingers crossed the rain stays away.
I was wondering why everywhere seems so busy&why there's so many buses - but then I remembered its walking day— @hayleyhaslamx 27 June 2014
If you have a bit of time to kill before the parade begins, then why not check out our columnist's views on Walking Day.
Click here to read Pete Magill's thoughts on the annual tradition. And he doesn't hold back. Naturally.
Setting up for Walking Day. http://t.co/b1m4DzEbpx— @WarrTownNPU 27 June 2014
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It's Walking Day today.
Hundreds are expected to turn out to mark the annual tradition in the town.
Stay tuned for live updates as the procession sets off for the Town Hall.