It was estimated that more than 11,000 Tamil pilgrims took part in their second pilgrimage to Walsingham this year at the weekend.
Police said that half that number had already entered the Shrine grounds by midday.
It was known as Tamil Two Pilgrimage and the popularity of the event kept police on their toes as they marshalled much heavier than usual traffic around the village, warning of possible hold-ups from Fakenham to Wells.
Tamils came from all over the country, although the majority were from London and the thousands of voices raised in song at mass were mostly Tamil, though there were a few who also spoke Singhalese.
There are many Tamils in India but these pilgrims originate from Sri Lanka and most are Catholic, though some are Hindus who revere Christ’s mother, Mary.
It was a colourful occasion and spirits were not dampened by the occasional flurry of rain.
It was very much a family event with pilgrims picnicking in the fields surrounding the Chapel of Reconciliation, both before and after mass.