The new Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, chose to make part of his journey to his enthronement at Manchester Cathedral last Saturday (30th November) by Metrolink to partly reflect his “personal journey of faith, which began with his birth in Mossley and baptism at St George’s Church in 1957.
Meeting the Vice Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, Cllr Doreen Jackson, at Ashton-under-Lyne stop the Bishop made his way to Piccadilly Station stopping off at both Droylsden and Etihad Campus for pre-arranged appointments. He then made his way to the Cathedral from Piccadilly by other forms of transport.
The reason the new Bishop decided to travel by Metrolink was because since opening in 1992 it has expanded and developed into an iconic part of Greater Manchester reflecting his pride in returning to the city where he was born, raised and educated.
The Rt Revd David Walker said: “Public transport is very important to a community and I will be using the tram and other means of public transport across Greater Manchester wherever possible in fulfilling my duties as bishop. I was delighted to be able to start the journey to my enthronement service in the city by tram.”