Nostalgia: On the Whit Walks

Children from St Mary’s Haughton Green ready for the off.

We're looking back to 1979, when locals took to the streets to celebrate the annual Whit Walks.

For the first time in many years, Denton’s Whit Walks had to take a different route with several streets where there were once rows of houses being demolished to make way for the M67 relief road.

Despite the changes, the big day went ahead with barely a hitch and was blessed with glorious sunny weather.

Walkers of all ages from St Lawrence’s, Christ Church, St Anne’s, Denton Methodist, Hope United Reformed and Wilton Street Unitarian gathered on Saxon Street car park where St Lawrence’s rector the Rev John Sutton led the open air service.

From there the united procession of witness made its way along Hyde Road, Stockport Road, St Lawrence Road, Haughton Hall Road and back along Hyde Road before the six churches went their separate ways.

Over in Haughton Green, St Mary’s walked with Two Trees Lane Methodist Church and held a short service at the health centre car park on Mancunian Road - the first for many years to have a brass band accompanying the singing.

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