Project launch

A procession of schoolchildren through Wisbech town centre marked the launch of the artists in residence project at St Peter’s Church on Friday.

The youngsters rang bells and some were dressed in medieval costumes for the historic procession of faith, while others waved large flags.

Procession of Faith through Wisbech town centre, leaving from St Peter's Church. To mark start of Archbishop's Project. Bishops of Ely and Walsingham attending.

Procession of Faith through Wisbech town centre, leaving from St Peter's Church. To mark start of Archbishop's Project. Bishops of Ely and Walsingham attending.

The Bishop of Ely Stephen Conway and Bishop of Walsingham Lindsay Urwin came along to the event, with Bishop Lindsay speaking to the gathered children about the “human family” we are all part of. He also performed a traditional blessing with holy water, blessing the children.

Father Paul West, from St Peter and St Paul’s Church, spoke about “digging deep” into the history of Wisbech through the art project he has set up at the new Lodge, a project that received £100,000 of funding from the Archbishops’ Council and the Church Commissioners for England.

The project will see artists from around the world living at the Lodge and working with schools and community groups in the town to foster the imagination and creativity of its children.

Procession of Faith through Wisbech town centre, leaving from St Peter's Church. To mark start of Archbishop's Project. Bishops of Ely and Walsingham attending.

Procession of Faith through Wisbech town centre, leaving from St Peter's Church. To mark start of Archbishop's Project. Bishops of Ely and Walsingham attending.

Procession of Faith through Wisbech town centre, leaving from St Peter's Church. To mark start of Archbishop's Project. Bishops of Ely and Walsingham attending.

Procession of Faith through Wisbech town centre, leaving from St Peter's Church. To mark start of Archbishop's Project. Bishops of Ely and Walsingham attending.

Procession of Faith through Wisbech town centre, leaving from St Peter's Church. To mark start of Archbishop's Project. Bishops of Ely and Walsingham attending.

Procession of Faith through Wisbech town centre, leaving from St Peter's Church. To mark start of Archbishop's Project. Bishops of Ely and Walsingham attending.