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Bishop’s voyage of faith
Wednesday 4th December 2013 @ 17:00 by Nigel Skinner

The new Bishop of Manchester took to the Metrolink system as he began his enthronement
ceremony with a personal pilgrimage by tram.

Instead of the more customary escorted road journey, Bishop David Walker and his entourage chose to make most of their trip from Mossley to Manchester Cathedral on Saturday using light rail.



The journey and ceremony were planned to reflect his personal journey of faith, which began with his birth in Mossley and baptism at St George’s Church in 1957.

Metrolink was chosen because, since it opened for service in 1992, it has expanded and developed into an iconic part of Greater Manchester, reflecting Bishop Walker’s pride in his return to the city where he was born, raised and educated.

It also allowed the bishop to stop at the Droylsden and
Etihad Campus stops and fulfil pre-arranged visits and meetings that formed part of the ceremony.

Having met the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee (TfGMC) Vice-Chair, Councillor Doreen Dickinson, at the Ashton stop, the bishop and his entourage travelled along the line into Piccadilly Station stopping off at the Droylsden and Etihad Campus stops along the route.

Councillor Doreen Dickinson, TfGMC Vice-Chair, said: “We are delighted that Metrolink was able to play an important role in the enthronement of Bishop Walker, a highly significant and important event for many
people across Greater Manchester.”

Read more in this week’s Tameside Reporter.