As it happened: Warrington Walking Day 2014

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  • 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

12:24pm

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. 

12:16pm

The excitement was infectious at today's Walking Day. This talented musician made sure you could hear the parade across Warrington. 

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Top marks for this dinosaur balloon. We hope he wasn't too much of a nuisance during the parade. 

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St Elphin's church banner in front of the Town Hall earlier this morning

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Check out the Brownies on the Town Hall lawn

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The town centre churches walk behind their banner

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The Sacred Heart Primary School banner

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Good umbrellas - walking with the Sacred Heart contingent

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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. 

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Let us know if you joined in with the festivities by tweeting @warringtonnews or emailing newsdesk@guardian.co.uk.

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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.”

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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."

11:30am

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. 

11:29am

Despite one to many dark clouds hovering over Warrington, the rain did not make an appearance. 

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All the groups have left the Town Hall and have set off around the town centre. 

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Check out walking day from the turn of the 19th century - not changed that much has it

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And now the familiar sound of bagpipes! I may only hear bagpipes once a year but I really like them

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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!

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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.

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Estimates are some 4,000 people will be taking part in Warrington Walking Day.

Many others have turned out to watch.

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The parade is preparing to set off, walking around the town centre like others have done for the past 180 years.

10:21am

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.

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These children from Latchford St James Primary School are dressed to impress.

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More than 180 years after the first walking day, does it still have a relevance today?

Have your say in our ballot

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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."

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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'. 

10:07am

Groups are starting to arrive at the Town Hall and, despite some threatening-looking clouds, the weather is holding out.

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The bands are out and about on Sankey Street.

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We have been drawing up a list of the 10 things we love about Warrington Walking Day.

Fancy a look? Click here for more

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And the first bands can now be heard at the Warrington Guardian offices on Bridge Street. Always a sign that walking day is starting!

 

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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.

9:44am

The first set of parades will now be en route to the Town Hall. Fingers crossed the rain stays away. 

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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. 

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We want to hear from you today. Tweet us @warringtonnews or email newsdesk@guardiangrp.co.uk.

Let us know about your memories of Walking Days gone by.

Or why not send in your pictures of your favourite costumes?

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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.

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5:44pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Wozza80 says...

Great photo of our boy standing proud with Botler Samba band. :)
Great photo of our boy standing proud with Botler Samba band. :) Wozza80
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