WALKERS from across the North-East put the boot into poverty when they followed in pilgrims’ footsteps yesterday (Saturday, June 14).

People of all ages walked 12 miles along the historic Bede’s Way, following the route between the Anglo-Saxon twin monastic sites of St Peter's, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, and St Paul's, Jarrow.

TV presenter and historian John Grundy entertained walkers at Cleadon Windmill, bringing Bede’s Way’s rich history to life.

Also taking part were the Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Paul Butler and the chairman of Newcastle Methodist District, The Reverend Leo Osborn.

This year Christian Aid walked in solidarity with communities from Colombia who have been displaced, disappeared or assassinated by armed groups illegally seeking to control their land.

Walkers added their handprints to the solidarity wall of hundreds of hands collected from communities around the North-East.

Bishop Butler said: “I have always been an active supporter of Christian Aid, so when they asked me to take part in the Bede’s Way Sponsored Walk I was delighted to accept.”

Christian Aid works in some of the world’s poorest communities in nearly 50 countries.

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