The Fellowship of Life
"To celebrate the Patron Saint of Animals Day on 4 October, Wessex Animal Rights organised a candle-light pilgrimage from Bournemouth Square to the St. Francis of Assisi church two and a half miles away at Charminster.
Local members met in the town centre at 8.15pm where a single rose
and candles in jars were handed out to each person. They set off led by
a huge Animal Aid banner, making an impressive sight as they marched
along with candles glowing brightly catching the attention of
pedestrians and motorists alike.
Father Peel met them at the door of the church and then led them to
the statue of the Patron Saint. They circled around the St. Francis
effigy and then joined together in prayers. When the short service was
over the press photographer took further pictures of Animal Aid members
laying flowers at the feet of the statue.
This pilgrimage received very good media coverage including 2CR and
Solent Radio and it also appeared in the Bournemouth Echo."
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