Walking in steps of St Robert

AN annual procession will take place on Sunday to remember Morpeth’s saint.

The pilgrimage seeks to commemorate St Robert of Newminster, who was one of the founder members of Fountains Abbey and brought a small group of monks to Morpeth in 1138 to found the Abbey of Newminster and serve as its first abbot.

The feast day of the saint is on June 7 and the Morpeth procession usually takes place during the first weekend in June, but this year parishioners have put back their event to avoid clashing with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Morpeth Fair Day.

Instead worshippers at Morpeth’s St Robert’s Church will be joined by other local church goers and clergy, as well as parishioners from St Robert’s Church in Fenham, this weekend for the procession.

It will leave the Oldgate church at 3.30pm on Sunday and upon reaching Newminster there will be evening prayer in the abbey grounds. It will be followed by high tea in St Robert’s Church Hall.

The commemoration first took place in 2009 for the 850th anniversary of the saint’s death and has continued each year since. Last year around 60 people took part.