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Columbia Road flower market gives way to Palm Sunday procession led by donkey

PUBLISHED: 18:18 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 18:18 10 April 2017

Palm Sunday procession through Columbia Road flower market

Palm Sunday procession through Columbia Road flower market

Diocese of London

A vicar, a Scotsman in kilt playing the bagpipe and Derek the donkey led a Palm Sunday procession through east London’s famous Columbia Road flower market.

Members of St Peter’s Bethnal Green parish congregation took part on the traditional religious parade revived in recent years after a lapse.

They set off from the appropriately-named Jesus Green, just off Columbia Road, handing out chocolates and palm crosses.

The piper played Amazing Grace to sing along to, celebrating the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

“Our procession around Columbia Road goes from strength to strength every year,” St Peter’s vicar Adam Atkinson said. “We also stage pop-up carols in the flower market at Christmas to show the parish church is alive and active and something to relate to.”

The procession gathered up passers-by along the short route and ended up with more than 100 after two circuits of ‘the street of flowers’ before returning to St Peter’s for a family service.

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