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Beverley Passion

The last Passion Play in Beverley was performed in 2014

HUNDREDS of stunned shoppers stopped in their tracks as Roman guards ordered people out of the way on the streets of Beverley.The story of Jesus’s final days unfolded in dramatic fashion on the streets of the town on Good Friday, as the Beverley Passion Play was performed before crowds of people.

Startled onlookers were transported back to Jerusalem 2,000 years ago as the Holy Story was acted out by members of town churches.

Crowds followed as the scenes were played out through the town, starting at Beverley Minster and ending with Christ crucified in Saturday Market. Among the onlookers was Richard Whomsley, from Beverley, who was watching with children Christopher, nine and Abigail, six.

He said: “I think it’s good for people to be reminded what happened at Easter time. My nine-year-old is at the front, taking it all in his stride and we have been explaining it to my six-year-old.”

Beverley Minster Vicar Reverend Jeremy Fletcher said: “It’s interesting to see the shoppers stopping and looking, it just feels it is part of a community event.It is a reminder it is Good Friday and it reminds people of the story. It brings it into the present.”