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Pilgrims battered by storms

Pilgrims completed their quickest ever annual crossing to Holy Island in 30 years yesterday as they were lashed by wind and rain.

Northern Cross is an ecumenical Christian pilgrimage to Lindisfarne which takes place every year in Holy Week, dating back to 1976.

Pilgrims carry crosses and descend on the Cradle of Christianity from four different starting points across England and Scotland to arrive on Good Friday.

There were four groups for this year’s event, each carrying crosses. One came from Carlisle, 120 miles away, another from Lanark, a journey of approximately 110-115 miles, a third from Haddington, around 70 miles, and a fourth from Melrose.

• Full story at the Newcastle Journal.

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