Hundreds turn out for Harborough Good Friday service

Linda Beviss, Andrea Kenny and Rob Knapp of Fairtrade
Linda Beviss, Andrea Kenny and Rob Knapp of Fairtrade

The largest ever Good Friday event held on The Square in Harborough attracted more than 500 people, despite the poor weather.

Many more in the town stood and watched or visited the various activities between 11am and 2pm. Organised by Churches Together in Harborough, the event marked the real significance of Easter.

Sheila Armstrong, Zena and David Palmer on the Torch Trust stall

Sheila Armstrong, Zena and David Palmer on the Torch Trust stall

The centrepiece was a service with the theme For God So Loved the World led by the Rev James Shakespeare, chairman of the Harborough Churches Together group, which organised the day.

A huge lorry provided by town firm Stephen Sanderson Transport was used as a stage.

Popular hymns were led by singers and musicians from St Peter and St Paul Church in Great Bowden, directed by Stephen Pointer.

Town church leaders read the Easter story from the Bible and led prayers for the town and the work of the churches.

Crowds brave the weather and gather on the Square in Market Harborough during the Good Friday Churches Together service

Crowds brave the weather and gather on the Square in Market Harborough during the Good Friday Churches Together service

The beautiful voice of soloist Beth Hodgson resounded around The Square as she sang When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.

Hot cross buns, donated by Harborough’s Tesco store, were given out by the churches to people around The Square.

“We hope everyone who came felt the event was meaningful to them and went away thinking about God’s amazing love for all of us,” said the Rev Shakespeare.

After the service there were queues for a simple lunch of hot soup, bread and cheese and nearly £300 was donated for the work of the Christian Aid charity. The event also brought together town organisations associated with the churches, such as The Bower House counselling service, The Cube youth centre and Street Pastors.