A statue of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Waters and the Wye, travelled the length of the River Wye through Herefordshire last week ending in Monmouth on Friday evening, to highlight the pollution problems faced by the river which has seen a huge loss of biodiversity. The four-foot high wooden statue, carved by sculptor Philip Chatfield, travelled down the river strapped to two canoes, stopping at churches along the river for blessings. Its penultimate stop was at St Dubricius Church at Whitchurch where a short outdoor service took place.
The river pilgrimage was organised to protest at the pollution caused by sewage being discharged by water companies and slurry and fertiliser run-off from farms that washes into the river.
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