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PCC joins High Sheriff on 'feast for the eyes' pilgrimage


Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa joined serving High Sheriff Tony Walker CBE as part of a holy pilgrimage to Eyam.   

The Commissioner, accompanied by his wife Parmjit, took in the spectacular sights of the Peak District National Park after joining the High Sheriff on the Peak Pilgrimage.

The journey covers 35 miles from Ilam to Eyam and is completed over four days.

Eyam has long been regarded as a holy place and attracts up to 100,000 visitors a year. Its history centres on the heroism of the Eyam people who isolated themselves in the 1665 plague and halted the spread of the deadly disease, although their actions cost many of their own lives.

The Commissioner started his journey on the Chatsworth Estate and Edensor Village, meeting the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Libby Lane, and the High Sheriff, before walking through Baslow village, up to Baslow Edge and then onto Curbar Edge to admire the stunning landscape before returning via Grindleford and Stoney Middleton to a service at Eyam Church.  

High Sheriff Tony Walker is completing the pilgrimage alongside colleagues and members of the community and aims to raise awareness of the work of his chosen charity, the ACE Youth Trust.

Hardyal said: “It was an honour to join the High Sheriff and appreciate this beautiful part of the world in all its glory.

“It seemed especially poignant to be remembering the sacrifice of the Eyam people when we ourselves are living amidst our own pandemic, with much uncertainty and anxiety. I would like to thank the High Sheriff for inviting me to join part of this special journey.”



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Posted on Monday 5th October 2020
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