Easter tradition continues at Swimbridge

Villagers bear the cross up to the summit of Hooda Hill at Swimbridge on Good Friday. Villagers bear the cross up to the summit of Hooda Hill at Swimbridge on Good Friday.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
10:21 PM

Villagers carry a cross to the top of Hooda Hill on Good Friday.

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A short ceremony at the top of Hooda Hill, Swimbridge, as villagers carry out the Good Friday tradition.A short ceremony at the top of Hooda Hill, Swimbridge, as villagers carry out the Good Friday tradition.

A bright sunny morning greeted villagers of all ages in Swimbridge as they gathered to carry the traditional Good Friday cross up Hooda Hill.

The long established tradition saw people of all ages set off from St James Church at 7.30am for the long walk up the hill.

The cross will overlook the village for the Easter period and can also be seen from the Link Road.

After the cross was erected and a short service held, it was back to St James for hot cross buns and hot drinks.

* The tradition is also observed every year at Ilfracombe, when the congregations of the town’s churches bear a cross up the steep slopes of Capstone.

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