Tamils set to make Walsingham pilgrimage

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Walsingham’s annual Tamil pilgrimage takes place this Sunday and Norfolk police will be providing reassurance, advice and support to attendees and local residents.

The local Safer Neighbourhood Team has worked hard with a number of partner agencies to ensure that this year’s pilgrimage is a safe and enjoyable event, not only for all those attending but also the wider community.

Routes to the pilgrimage will be clearly marked for all those attending.

Road users in the area are reminded that due to historic large attendance at this event, there is likely to be traffic congestion on Sunday on routes into Walsingham along the A1065 into Fakenham, A149 at Fakenham and the B1105 towards Wells. Pilgrims are also reminded for safety purposes that the high tide on Wells beach on Sunday is at 3.45pm.

Fifteen thousand Tamils from across Europe can make the trip to Walsingham to pray at the Roman Catholic shrine. The festival brings together both Christians and Hindus, who also revere the Virgin Mary.

The event was marred in 2001 when three people were seriously injured with stab wounds after a fight broke out between two rival groups of Tamils on Wells beach.