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The Yorkshire Dales market town of Settle have staged a Passion Play ‘Journey to the Cross’ since 2008.
The action started started with the ‘Last Supper’ next to the Catholic Church. The crowd then followed Jesus and the disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane. This was in the Millennium Gardens, next to the railway line, near Booths Supermarket. The route wove under the Settle Carlisle Railway Line.
Jesus was dramatically arrested and escorted up Kirkgate with the crowd following again. The Trial Scene was in the Market Place. Pontius Pilate gave the final decision for crucifixion from the surprise elevated position of the balcony on the Shambles.
Jesus carried the cross, escorted by two Roman soldiers through the narrow streets to the the field near the Settle Carlisle line Settle viaduct, opposite to the Parish Church. From the cross, Jesus gave his final words. Two moving speeches were given by Mary Magdalene and the Centurion. The play concluded as the crowd of well over 100 joined in singing ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’.