Artical in local paper….
WITCHES ATTACKED DURING PILGRIMAGE
18:00 – 02 November 2006
A youth pilgrimage will not be invited back to Glastonbury after a weekend of attacks on witches in the town. Youth 2000 were invited to hold a retreat in the town by the leader of the local Catholic church, Father Kevin Knox-Lecky.
The supposedly peaceful event included a procession from Glastonbury Tor down through the High Street to mark the 467th anniversary of the beheading of the last Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey, Richard Whiting, and fellow martyrs.
However, the event turned the weekend into a nightmare for the town’s sizeable pagan community with salt being thrown at witches, attacks on their shops and abuse to staff.
Much of the dissent focused on the pagan shop the Magick Box, owned by Maya Pinder, which was on the route of the march.
Mrs Pinder described her weekend of hell, a weekend that she said is one of the most important in the pagan calendar as it celebrates the upcoming pagan new year.
“We have had a terrible, most stressful weekend,” she said.
“We’ve had to hear comments such as ‘burn the witches’, we’ve had salt thrown in our faces and at our shop people were openly saying they were ‘cleansing Glastonbury of the paganism’.
“It was as if we had returned to the Dark Ages. This is hugely damaging to Glastonbury, of which I would suggest two-thirds is pagan.
“It is hard enough to trade in Glastonbury as it is, if you were to take away the pagan element it would be a dead town.”
Following problems during last year’s procession, when marchers allegedly spat at the shop’s windows, around 20 witches and friends of the Magick Box stood guarding the shop during this year’s march, some wearing their trademark black velvet robes.
One suggestion put by a resident of Glastonbury that the Magick Box staff were intimidating and aggressive has been dismissed by Mrs Pinder, as well as her staff, and fellow witches.
This week Father Kevin has met representatives of the pagan community and has made the decision not to invite Youth 2000 to the town again.