Palm Sunday in the Pantiles

 For centuries Christians across Britain and around the world have taken part in Palm Sunday processions to celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. For the first time in many years The Church of King Charles the Martyr in Tunbridge Wells took to the Pantiles.

The sun shone down as more than 130 of its regular congregation were led by the choir in singing ‘ride on, ride on, in majesty.’ The Bible says that Jesus rode on a Donkey but the Church used artistic license as a Donkey could not be found. Nevertheless, the star of the performance was Dinky, a 21-year-old Shetland Pony complete with a Palm Cross tied to his tail. The new Vicar of the parish, Rev Laurence Powell said ‘It is always a risky business telling your congregation that we are to embark on a procession in public. Some may find the experience embarrassing but not at King Charles the Martyr. Everyone turned out for a wonderful experience, cars tooted their horns in support and the procession brought smiles to those having brunch in the Pantiles many restaurants. The procession even grew as tourists and passersby joined in and stood by the dipping wells to sing and listen to the Gospel reading.’

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