1973 Postgate Rally at Egton Bridge
For    nearly    fifty    years,    on    the    first    Sunday    of    July    each    year,    the    Diocese    of Middlesbrough   has   organised   the   Postgate   Rally.   This   takes   the   form   of   an   open-air Mass,    to    commemorate    the    Blessed    Martyr,    which    is        concelebrated    by    many diocesan   priests   together   with   the   Bishop.   It   attracts   ancongregation   numbered   in hundreds from all corners of the diocese and beyond. The   venue   alternates   each   year   between   Egton   Bridge   and   Ugthorpe.   The   Mass generally   begins   at   3   pm,   preceded   by   hymn   singing   from   2.30.   In   recent   years,   a small   group   sets   off   an   hour   before   the   Mass   begins   to   take   part   in   a   pilgrim   walk from Ugthorpe to Egton Bridge, or vice versa.
The Rally always closes with the Postgate Hymn, traditionally believed to have been written by Father Postgate himself whilst in prison in York awaiting his trial.
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