Thousands of people followed a dramatic re-enactment of the story of Jesus Christ’s death through Bury St Edmunds town centre.
The Good Friday Passion Play, in which 66 cast and crew vividly depicted the Easter story, featured the arrest, trial and crucifixion of the man Christians believe to be the Son of God.
Families flocked to St Edmundsbury Cathedral for the start of the religious play where Jesus, played by Jonathan Corwin, was arrested before being marched through Bury’s Medieval streets to stand trial in the arc shopping centre.
Volunteers dressed as Roman soldiers kept crowds at bay as Pontius Pilate, played by Jonathan Burrows, sentenced Christ to death on the balcony of the apex, for all to see.
The play - performed in the town for the first time in three years - culminated in a brutal scene in the town’s Abbey Gardens in which Jesus’ hands and feet were nailed to a cross.
The Rev Jonathan Ford, minister of Christ Church, Moreton Hall, said: “We were very encouraged that over 2,500 came to watch this year. Many people find it both a spiritual as well as a deeply moving event.
“We are hugely indebted to so many in the local authority and commercial sector who do so much to make this a success.”
Cast members and helpers came from a number of Bury churches, including Christ Church Moreton Hall, Great Barton Free Church, West Road Church, Southgate Church, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, West Suffolk Vineyard Church and Garland Street Baptist Church.
Simon Ladd, of Bury, whose film of the town’s last Passion Play won ‘best film’ at the Christian Media Awards, produced the video above.