Monday 2 October – a rainy night in Batley. But that did not stop a large number of people from the local area and further afield from gathering to take part in the annual Batley Torchlight Procession, hosted by Fr Eamonn Hegarty and the parishioners of St Mary’s. This is always held on the first Monday of October in honour of Our Lady at the beginning of the month dedicated to the Rosary.
The Torchlight Procession was started in the 1951 and originally followed a route from St Mary’s Church to the Market Place in the centre of town. Today’s route is shorter and starts in the grounds of St Mary’s Primary School and finishes at the church, with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament led on this occasion by Mgr. Paul Grogan, the Parish Priest of Mary Mother of God, Bradford, and the Episcopal Vicar for Education.
The story of this year’s event is told through a gallery of photographs which can be viewed by following this link: https://www.patricksicephotography.co.uk/blog/batley-torchlight-procession-2023