Borderers get involved with peace pilgrimage from Iona to London

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A Newstead woman arrived home in the Borders this week as the pilgrimage she is taking part in reached the region, having set off from Iona on May 19.

Kath McDonald, pictured above with the blue banner, has helped organise the Peace and Justice Pilgrimage, which is campaigning for the UK Government to abandon the renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system.

Kath McDonald, with blue banner, is taking part in the pilgrimage from Iona to London. The group stayed at the Quaker meeting house in Kelso last week.

Kath McDonald, with blue banner, is taking part in the pilgrimage from Iona to London. The group stayed at the Quaker meeting house in Kelso last week.

“I started the walk in Iona and I’m going on to Holy Island, then I’ll come home for a bit before rejoining again at Lincoln and going on to London,” said Kath. “So, I’m doing about two-thirds of it.”

Commenting on the aims of the pilgrimage, Kath said: “It seems ridiculous to spend money on Trident when it could be better spent on education or the health service.”

The group of walkers has been boosted in numbers since arriving in the Borders last Tuesday, with several other local people joining to take part in legs of the route.

At Melrose the group were fed by the Greener Melrose group, and they stayed overnight at the Quaker Meeting House in Kelso.

The group are covering between 10 and 15 miles a day, with a rest day once a week. Two are walking the entire 750-mile route.