March to celebrate 20th anniversary of women priests

Women from Southwell and Nottingham marched through London on Saturday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of women first being ordained as priests in the Church of England.

Hundreds marched from Westminster Abbey to St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told those gathered at St Paul’s that the Church still had a “long way to go”.

A service gave thanks for the dedication of women ordained into the Church and reflected on the work they have done since 1994. A large screen was set up to relay the service to people outside.

In his sermon,  Archbishop Justin said: “As we celebrate how far we have come, let us be mindful of the distance yet to travel.

“In 20 years we have come a long way. How did we not see that women and men are equally icons, witnesses, vessels of Christ for the world?”

He told those at the service they should not forget the “costly grind” which paved the way for the ordination of women.