I recently went for a walk up Pendle with my mum and mother-in-law. It was a beautiful day, sunny with a light breeze. There were a lot of other people, families, couples, friends, all enjoying the wander in our beautiful countryside.
As we reached the top of the steps and turned towards the summit we could see there was something different at the trig point. When we got nearer we realised it was, in fact, a very large wooden cross. When we reached the trig point we saw it had been padlocked onto the trig point itself. On the cross was a website address which doesn’t exist.
I am very unimpressed by the actions of the people who placed it there and it really did spoil my walk. I can’t believe the arrogance of a group of people who have decided Pendle should be a Christian place, for Christian worship at Easter and therefore, at the very least, alienating people with other faiths or those, like myself, who have no belief in a deity at all. I could deal with them carrying the cross up on Good Friday if that is what floats their boat. But take it up and take it straight back down with you.
Pendle Hill is a very special place; for me it will always represent home and it certainly should not be a place for religious artefacts. In the words of the song, Pendle is the “dearest and grandest old hill in the world” and a visitor should not have to be faced with a semi-permanent cross for Christians, star and crescent for Muslims, or Star of David for Jewish people or whatever other religious festival is going on.
Pendle is for everyone to enjoy and be thankful for the beauty of the area.
Wheatley Lane Road, Fence