HEAVY rainfall failed to dampen spirits as residents turned out to support the annual two-mile ‘Walk of Witness’ through Barry on Good Friday, March 30.

Participants marked Christ’s journey to the cross by following a 10ft wooden cross through the streets.

They stopped at four points of prayer and heard readings from the Bible about the crucifixion.

The walk, now in its seventh year, is organised by the Churches of Barry.

Organiser Father Robert Parrish invited all to the walk, which began at Parade Gardens and ended with a service in King Square around 1.30pm.

Vale MP Alun Cairns, AM Jane Hutt, mayor Cllr Janice Charles and Barry mayor, Cllr Nic Hodges were also present.

The service in King Square involved a dramatic reading of St Mark’s account of the crucifixion - with various people reading.

There were two stops in between – at Barry Railway Station and at the forecourt of AG Adams funeral home.

Father Parrish said: “We found that the first Walk of Witness re-ignited ecumenical relations in Barry.

“The idea behind this walk is to take church out to the people.

“As we are walking through the streets people come up to us to watch, listen and join in.

“It is very successful in getting the Christian message out onto the streets in a visible way.

“It creates a great atmosphere and good fellowship between Christians as it brings people together from the majority of the churches in Barry.”