nESPITE the clouds and a rather
dusty wind, well over two thousand people joined the annual Ranson Guild walk from Newgatc to Tyburn on Sunday in memory of the English martyrs of the 16t and 17th centuries.
It was generally agreed that the procession was " much bigger than last year "; Mgr. Goolder, Master of the Guild, remarked afterwards that this was a great act of faith on the part of the pilgrims, for they were not to know that he had already made a " private arrangement " about the weather.
Led by Bishop Wall of Brentwood, the procession included many young people, walking by themselves and in small groups. They attracted the attention and comments (" look. they're religious") of many of the Londoners catching what sun there was in Hyde Park, as they gathered in front of the Tyburn Convent for the Benediction given by Cardinal Godfrey.
And afterwards, when everybody had drifted off to the cafes, to the tube-stations. or to nearby Speakers' Corner, it rained. The walk had ended, and so had Mgr. Goulder's "arrangement ".