Thousands Join Beautiful Torchlight Procession In Uphill Lincoln

Thousands Join Beautiful Torchlight Procession In Uphill Lincoln

On Tuesday, November 21st, thousands of people came together in the historic uphill area of Lincoln for the annual St Barnabas Hospice Torchlight Procession in remembrance of loved ones.

The Procession was led by the RAF Waddington Pipe Band, with individuals and families following whilst holding flaming torches and light-up lanterns. Walking from Clayton’s Sports Ground, they made their way to Lincoln Cathedral together. The atmosphere was beautiful, with many supporters seen to be visibly emotional as they paid tribute to lost loved ones.

As is tradition, the Procession paused at the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit on Nettleham Road, where a lone piper shared an emotive rendition of Amazing Grace. Staff, volunteers, and patients who were able to come out and watch enjoyed this poignant display whilst others listened from inside the building.

Once the Procession arrived at Lincoln Cathedral, attendees participated in a celebration and reflection service. Throughout the service, several representatives of St Barnabas Hospice delivered short speeches.

Chief Executive at St Barnabas Hospice, Chris Wheway, said: “Our Light Up a Life campaign and Torchlight Procession are adored and poignant appeals, enabling members of the community to honour, reflect and remember loved ones lost.

“This is the 8th year I have been involved in the Torchlight Procession, and I have to say it gets better and better every time. It is a truly magical evening that I feel brings comfort to all of us here, young and old, as we are connected by the shared experience of grief.

“We are very honoured to be supported by you all here tonight, and we couldn’t do our job without that support. Over the last year, we have supported over 12,000 people across Lincolnshire, and the positive impact of that care will go on for generations to come.”

Individuals and families were able to write Messages of Love and tie them to the railings of the 30-foot Tree of Life outside Lincoln Cathedral, sending a special message to their loved ones lost.

In attendance was Finn Dillon, the owner of the Tower Hotel and the son of Philly, who, through St Barnabas, shared his story of the death of his mum, Philly, earlier this year.

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