HUNDREDS took to the streets of Gloucester today to witness the epic story of the last hours of Jesus Christ.
The sun shone as crowds gathered to see watch a powerful recreation of the events of Good Friday, from Jesus’s sentencing by Pilate to his crucifixion.
Performed by people from the Christian community, The Way of the Cross was a first for Gloucester Cathedral and the city’s churches who have come together for the brand new telling of the Passion.
Writer and director Rachel Murray said: “We had a fantastic crowd who were supportive and respectful and they seemed to be very much in the moment.
“All the hard work over the past few weeks has paid off.
“It is such an important act of witness.”
Dean of Gloucester, the Very Reverend Stephen Lake, added: “There were more people than we expected.
“I am sure the event will grow from here.”
Crowds gathered at Gloucester Cathedral at 10am and followed the cast to the steps of Shire Hall where Jesus was sentenced.
Shop staff came to their windows and passers-by stopped to watch as Jesus, played by Daniel Robinson, carried his cross through the city to the sound of a drum.
Meanwhile the Salvation Army band played for crowds to sing hymns along the way.
The story ended back at the Cathedral where Jesus was nailed to the cross.
Rosie Button, from Kingsholm, said: “I absolutely loved it. Seeing a re-enactment like this has really brought the events to life.
“I have been a Christian for many years and seeing it acted out on the streets of Gloucester was very powerful.
“I hope it reminded people of the true meaning of Easter.”
Simon Carpenter, from Tuffley, added: “It was very well organised and I hope it continues. Taking it to the city centre made the story visible to everybody.”
A Walk of Witness was also held in Stroud.