Yesterday,Sunday May 18th, was a special day: it was the day of our parish Procession in honour of Our Lady. There was the usual small crowd of more traditional parishioners who were willing to come to church a second time, but the sun was shining warmly and we were able to process around the outside of the church, past the tombs of John and Josephine Bowes, past the Presbytery and into the front garden to stand in front of the statue of Our Lady of Barnard Castle,all the while singing Marian hymns.
Tea, coffee and cakes were then served in the presbytery and most people sat on the lawn in the warm sunshine and enjoyed the peace and the conversation for quite a long time. As someone said, it was a very enjoyable occasion!
PS. I hope to be able to publish another chapter in the story of the fish quite soon. Watch this space.