Bishop George has parasol welcome to Spalding

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A procession by the Syro Malabar community carrying colourful parasols welcomed Bishop George Rajendran Kuttinadar to Spalding on Monday, when he led a mass at St Norbert’s Roman Catholic Church.

Bishop George, pictured here with Father Jim Burke and members of the congregation, is based in Thuckalay, India, and had officiated the previous day at a mass in Walsingham, when nearly 5,000 people gathered at the shrine to Our Lady.
He said: “It was a wonderful experience for me for the first time to come to England and to be in a holy place with thousands of Catholic pilgrims.”

The traditional procession of welcome in Spalding started out from The South Holland Centre and finished at St Norbert’s, travelling along Market Place, Hall Place, Sheep Market, The Crescent, Spring Gardens and St Thomas’s Road.