Sunderland campaigners march for justice

Kerry Crellin, front, about to lead the start of the Christian Aid Bede's Way walk from St Peter's Church, Sunderland, in support of the Indian March for Justice campaign.
Kerry Crellin, front, about to lead the start of the Christian Aid Bede's Way walk from St Peter's Church, Sunderland, in support of the Indian March for Justice campaign.
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CAMPAIGNERS stepped forward to show their support for a better life in one of the world’s poorest places.

The Bede’s Way March for Justice walk started from the monastic site of St Peter’s in Monkwearmouth and concluded at St Paul’s in Jarrow, with the 12-mile pilgrimage helping to raise funds for Christian Aid.

Historian John Grundy was among the walkers as they followed in the footsteps of 7th-century pilgrims who would have travelled between the monasteries.

The group stopped at places of interest along the route, which is said to have offered Bede and his followers a time for contemplation, reflection and fellowship.

The aim of the event was to also raise awareness of the plight of landless poor in India, where 100,000 tribal people are walking 200 miles from Gwalior to New Delhi, with their walk said to be one of the biggest non-violent campaigns in the world.

Christian Aid hopes its work will help persuade the Indian Parliament to give the people who work the land the right to own it.

Yesterday’s walk was one of 10 held by Christian Aid across the country.