Gloucester ramblers fly the flag for the Three Choirs Festival


Gloucester Cathedral Ramblers will be walking part of the Three Choirs Way from Hereford to Gloucester on Sunday 1 and Monday 2 May, bringing with them ournew Three Choirs Festival flag (pictured) to symbolise the transition from last year's 300th anniversary in Hereford to this year's festival in Gloucester which takes place 23 - 30 July.

The ramblers will be raising money through sponsorship to support a new composition for Gloucester Cathedral's restored chimes and a chorus of over 100 children, to be premiered during the festival.

The Three Choirs Way between Hereford and Gloucester is 32 miles long, and the group from Gloucester Cathedral Ramblers aims to walk the first 16 miles on Sunday 1 May and the remaining 16 miles on Monday 2 May (Public Holiday).  They will meet at Hereford Cathedral for the 10.00 Eucharist on Sunday 1 May, during which the Three Choirs Festival flag and the group of walkers will be blessed by the Dean of Hereford, Dean Michael Tavinor before they set off.  Dean Michael will walk the first five miles before returning to Hereford Cathedral for Evensong.

Volunteer car drivers will pick up the walkers on the Sunday evening and return them to the same point to resume the walk on the Monday morning.  Because, the group cannot set off until after the Eucharist in Hereford Cathedral, they won't finish walking on the Sunday until about 19.30.  They will resume at 09.00 on the Monday morning.  

Gloucester Cathedral Ramblers comprises 55 walkers, and 19 of them will walk the Three Choirs Way, albeit not all at the same time.  Six walkers aim to complete the full 32 miles and the other 13 walkers will undertake various parts of the walk.  There will be 16 walkers for the final sector, arriving at Gloucester Cathedral for Evening Prayer at 17.30 on Monday 2 May when the Three Choirs Festival flag will be handed over to the Cathedral for safe keeping until the start of the Festival on Saturday 23 July.