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Pilgrims progress through Glossop
Thursday 13th April 2017 @ 06:42 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle News

A BAFTA-winning movie maker has been in Glossop on a 200-mile filming journey to a Holy Shrine.

Alan Field and his fellow travellers slept over in St Mary’s Crowned Church Parish Hall as part of their pilgrimage.

The stop-over was followed by a hearty breakfast before the next leg of their walk to the shrine at Walsingham.

Alan – who won the BAFTA for his involvement in the Jimmy McGovern hit TV series ‘The Street’ – will arrive in Norfolk with the pilgrims tomorrow (Good Friday).

On the Glossop leg he tweeted: “Glossop to Castleton in the beautiful Peak District… Sunday Mass to start the day in the majestic St Mary’s church.

“Then a group of Glossop’s finest walked the first few miles with us which was so humbling and a real privilege to have their company.

“Then up into the true beauty of the UK. What truly makes a pilgrimage is the commitment, the journey, the scenery, but most of all the people along The Way! Thank you Glossop!”

Sue Nash, from St Mary’s Crowned Catholic Church, said: “The church was contacted to see if the parish could help the pilgrims out with accommodation and parishioners were happy to oblige.”

The 17 day pilgrimage is tracing the steps of Father Jimmy Collins, an inspirational Catholic priest who was based in Liverpool.

The 200 mile journey from Liverpool is almost a walk in the park for Alan, who a few years ago walked and documented a 500 mile pilgrimage called ‘The Camino de Santiago’ through France and Spain.

Work on producing Alan’s film ‘The Road To Walsingham’ is expected to feature footage of the pilgrims’ way through Glossop and other parts of the Peak District.

There is no date yet for screening on television. Meanwhile you can follow their journey on Facebook by looking up ‘The Road to Walsingham.’


Main picture:

Glossop stop-over: Alan Field (fourth left) with parishioners (left to right) Margaret McCormack, Monica Townend, Aidan Hussell, Georgie Burrows (film crew), Sue Nash (parishioner) and Jonathan Dawe and Martyn Salmonson (film crew).