Summary:
The Pilgrimage arrived in Durham last Thursday, and was welcomed by members of Peace Action Durham, and Durham Quakers, as well as passers by who joined in the warm reception.
They were greeted at Durham Cathedral by senior clergy and the Chair of Churches Together, and took part in Evensong, when special prayers for Peace and Justice were said. After a convivial  shared supper at Alington House, the pilgrims stayed overnight with local hosts.
The following morning  there was  an enthusiastic 'Sendoff' from the Marketplace.
 MP Roberta Blackman Woods was there to add her support and encouragement. The walkers  presented  her with a copy of the Petition they are taking to Westminster.
The Pilgrimage then walked out of Durham accompanied by some local supporters, and made their way  to their next stop - Sedgefield.

Background:
The  Pilgrimage was launched Sunday 19 May on the island of Iona and the Walkers embarked on their 750 mile journey South. 
Andrew Greaves, coordinator of the Pilgrimage said “The model for the Peace and Justice Pilgrimage is the way the Olympic Torch was relayed throughout the UK last summer. The journey from Iona to London is intended to be like lighting a series of beacons in the centres of spiritual and political power along the route: from the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland to the UK's seat of government in Westminster. "
"... An important aim of the Pilgrimage is to focus attention on the Government’s proposal to spend up to £100 billion renewing the Trident nuclear missile system, while slashing NHS, education and social welfare budgets, including vital support for some of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities across the UK."
"..and more than this... The Pilgrimage provides an opportunity to reaffirm our common humanity: to share a vision of a fairer, more generous future for all, based on cooperation and mutual support, rather than merely the survival of the fittest or richest...."

Along the way pilgrims are taking part in ecumenical, inter-faith and secular  acts of witness, expressing their commitment to a nuclear-free, more equitable future for all.
 
At least 2 members of the Pigrimage are planning to walk every step of the way to London,while many people have signed up to walk shorter distances - from a few miles to almost all of the 750 miles!.