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Record numbers turn out to outdoor Easter service in Leeds

A record 300 people attended the Easter Sunday service at the cross at Otley Chevin.

A record 300 people attended the Easter Sunday service at the cross at Otley Chevin.

A RECORD number of people attended an early morning Easter service at the top of Otley Chevin yesterday.

More than 300 people turned out to the 7am service underneath the chevin cross, which is put in place at the beauty spot every year to mark the occasion.

The Easter Sunday service was led by Wharfedale and Aireborough Methodist superintendent minister, rev Julian Pursehouse, with help from rev Rick Ormrod, Methodist minister from Bramhope and Gillian Fawcett, the new senior steward at Otley Methodist Church.

Residents from Otley, Bramhope, Rawdon, Burley, Menston, Guiseley, Baildon, Horsforth, Leeds and Bradford attended the service.

Trumpeter Peter Lambert, from Rawdon, also performed.

After the event, around 50 people attended an Easter breakfast at the Wesley Hall at Otley Methodist Church.

The cross at Otley Chevin will be taken down on Saturday, May 3, and volunteers can meet at the site at 9.15am on the day.

The cross was first installed in 1969 and takes pride of place at Surprise View, above Otley, where it stays for four weeks throughout the Easter celebrations.

 

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