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St. Peter’s London Docks Petertide procession

By on June 28, 2015 in Events

Wandering up Wapping Lane past the doctors you might notice the amazing red colours of the flags (banners) outside St. Peter’s London Docks church.

These are hung to celebrate Petertide and, whatever your religious persuasion, you have to agree they give Wapping some local colour. LW does not do religion but it is important we actively celebrate our traditions.

St. Peter’s London Docks primary school

A key element of the Petertide celebration is a procession of school children from the playground of St. Peter’s London Docks primary school Garnett Street on Monday 29 June starting at 2.30 PM.

Banners celebrating Petertide outside St. Peter's London Docks.

Banners celebrating Petertide outside St. Peter’s London Docks.

The procession began in the 1860’s and remains the longest lasting Wapping community event according to Father Jones and all are welcome to come along. In his words the procession is both ‘the history and future of Wapping’. Good point.

The event includes the Procession of the Relics (no we don’t know either but intend to find out) and the giving out of the Father Foizey and Father Pollock prizes.

Banners celebrating Petertide outside St. Peter's London Docks.

Banners celebrating Petertide outside St. Peter’s London Docks.

Petertide

Thanks to local resident Kathleen Flynn for finding out a little more about Petertide:

Petertide (also known as St Peter’s Tide) refers to the Sunday nearest to St Peter’s Day on June 29th and to the period around that day.

In the Anglican Church Petertide is the major one of two traditional periods for the ordination of new priests (the other being Michaelmas, around September 29th).

Around Penzance in west Cornwall, the period has long been celebrated by Midsummer bonfires and sometimes the burning of effigies of unpopular residents.

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