HUNDREDS of people took part in a special faith walk to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

The group set off from Bury Islamic Centre, in Church Street, on Sunday and made its wash down Wash Lane, York Street, Rochdale Road, Heywood Street and Wellington Road.

Once there, they stopped for refreshments before following the route in the opposite direction.

Joining the crowds were Bury North MP James Frith and East ward Councillor Trevor Holt, as well as other prominent community leaders.

The procession was led by Imam Qari Muhammad Khan and Hafiz Saeed, and worshippers came from Rochdale, Bolton and Accrington to take part.

The annual event, which is now in its 12th year, was organised by the chairman of Bury Islamic Centre, Mr Liaqat Ali.

Following the walk, people then gathered in Bury Islamic Centre where a number of speeches were delivered by Muslim scholars about the life of our the Prophet Muhammad.

Mr Ali said: "It is important for us to raise awareness of our religion. We are part of the Interfaith group in Bury so we invite people from other faiths to come along and joins.

"We want to get rid of any misunderstandings about religion, and the younger generation enjoy it because they want to learn about their religion."