To be a pilgrim – Beatification Mass – Cofton Park

At unspeakable o’clock this morning, I left to catch my ‘pilgrim bus’ to Cofton Park, for the Beatification of John Henry Newman, and Papal Mass.

Our 3am start from Witney, got us seated at Cofton Park at twenty to six (in the drizzle).
Some seemed more prepared for bad weather than others!
Here are Kate and Carol as dawn breaks.
Kate’s extensive Glastonbury experience meant that she found us a good spot…
…somewhere in her is the Pope…
and the sun came out for Il Papa.

The sun meant that the umbrellas marked where the concelebrants were, rather than having to shield them.

A very special day, and extremely well organised…however, did they need to make special Beatification branded toilet signs?