Walker Lindsay crossed Colchester off his list

Walker Lindsay crossed Colchester off his list

Walker Lindsay crossed Colchester off his list

First published in News

A born again Christian arrived in Colchester after carrying a 6ft cross for almost 100 miles.

Lindsay Hamon, who has been walking all over the world with the cross since 1987, finished his walk at Colchester Castle on Friday evening.

He had travelled from the outskirts of London, through Brentwood, Chelmsford, Steeple Bumpstead, and Halstead over seven days.

He had been hoping to visit Braintree but had to rest for two days due to blisters.

On Saturday he walked a further 13 miles from Colchester to Brightlingsea to join his friend Rev Roger Taylor at the Brightlingsea Baptist Church for a mission event.

The pair first met through a boys brigade club in Oxfordshire in the 1960s and have kept in touch ever since.

Mr Hamon, 62, who lives in Cornwall, said: “I haven’t seen this guy for 15 to 20 years, I’m really thrilled to be in his neck of the woods.

“He knows I carry the cross and wondered if I would carry it in this area.

“People keep stopping me, asking if I can bring the cross in places such as pubs, it is so incredible the effect of the cross.”

He said people in Essex have been very welcoming and offered him cups of tea along the route.

Mr Taylor added: “He is a very determined character.

“It is brilliant, it is great for both of us that 48 years after meeting we actually have a chance to work together all these years later.”

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5:53pm Mon 12 May 14

justinhope says...

I really think it is about time this bloke stopped carrying a piece of wood around and got himself a job, maybe a carpenter ?
I really think it is about time this bloke stopped carrying a piece of wood around and got himself a job, maybe a carpenter ? justinhope
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7:23am Tue 13 May 14

MaryPoppins87 says...

What a loser.
What a loser. MaryPoppins87
  • Score: -5

8:54am Tue 13 May 14

Jack222 says...

Seriously, get a job and get a real life. No interest in the mad...
Seriously, get a job and get a real life. No interest in the mad... Jack222
  • Score: -6

12:29pm Tue 13 May 14

romantic says...

To be fair, I don't think this guy does this every day of his life. Some of us go and lie on the beach for our holidays, some drag a cross around Essex.

It astonishes me that anybody can be so committed to a belief. Even as an atheist, I have a certain amount of respect for that. It's not the life I would choose for myself, but that doesn't make it wrong.

I had a quick look online to read up about this guy before commenting, and what he does seems an interesting and challenging thing to do. No standing in a dour church preaching to the converted, he's walking through streets getting every kind of reaction from interest to hatred. If the only impact he has is to make people step back a bit and think about their lives, that's not a bad thing. I respect that he does what he believes in, it seems to me that he is not ramming it down people's throats, but will talk to people who ask him why he's doing it.

Nice to know there are people like this, even if I don't necessarily share all of their beliefs.
To be fair, I don't think this guy does this every day of his life. Some of us go and lie on the beach for our holidays, some drag a cross around Essex. It astonishes me that anybody can be so committed to a belief. Even as an atheist, I have a certain amount of respect for that. It's not the life I would choose for myself, but that doesn't make it wrong. I had a quick look online to read up about this guy before commenting, and what he does seems an interesting and challenging thing to do. No standing in a dour church preaching to the converted, he's walking through streets getting every kind of reaction from interest to hatred. If the only impact he has is to make people step back a bit and think about their lives, that's not a bad thing. I respect that he does what he believes in, it seems to me that he is not ramming it down people's throats, but will talk to people who ask him why he's doing it. Nice to know there are people like this, even if I don't necessarily share all of their beliefs. romantic
  • Score: 3

2:40pm Tue 13 May 14

greenbroker says...

justinhope wrote:
I really think it is about time this bloke stopped carrying a piece of wood around and got himself a job, maybe a carpenter ?
At 62 maybe he is retired? Why shouldn't one do what they want to do at that age?
[quote][p][bold]justinhope[/bold] wrote: I really think it is about time this bloke stopped carrying a piece of wood around and got himself a job, maybe a carpenter ?[/p][/quote]At 62 maybe he is retired? Why shouldn't one do what they want to do at that age? greenbroker
  • Score: 2

5:52pm Tue 13 May 14

justinhope says...

greenbroker wrote:
justinhope wrote:
I really think it is about time this bloke stopped carrying a piece of wood around and got himself a job, maybe a carpenter ?
At 62 maybe he is retired? Why shouldn't one do what they want to do at that age?
He should retire from carrying the lump of wood !
[quote][p][bold]greenbroker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]justinhope[/bold] wrote: I really think it is about time this bloke stopped carrying a piece of wood around and got himself a job, maybe a carpenter ?[/p][/quote]At 62 maybe he is retired? Why shouldn't one do what they want to do at that age?[/p][/quote]He should retire from carrying the lump of wood ! justinhope
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