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A drummer sounded a hollow beat as a procession portraying Roman soldiers taking Jesus to be crucified, with his followers behind, made its way down the pedestrianised Pride Hill.

The story of Jesus on the Cross was played out on the streets of Shrewsbury yesterday for the Shrewsbury Passion Play. Hundreds gathered to watch this ancient tradition. The Passion of Christ moved from outside St Mary’s Church in the town centre, down Pride Hill and into the Square.

Churches Together in Shrewsbury and the town’s Street Pastors organised the Shrewsbury Passion Play. The town has a long tradition of hosting ‘Mystery Plays’. So this is something that Good Friday’s event is now reviving in a small way.

Members of the two Christian groups took on the roles of those involved in the Crucifixion of Jesus. Ryan Kouroukis played Jesus. One of those involved in the play was Todd Cataldo, lay minister of Holy Trinity Church in Belle Vue. His wife took on the role of Mary.

“The former Bishop of Shrewsbury, Mark Rylands was keen to bring this to Shrewsbury. We are now carrying it on,” he said. “We want to go out into the community. It is good to see the public watching what is happening today”.

A drummer sounded a hollow beat as a procession portraying Roman soldiers taking Jesus to be crucified, with his followers behind, made its way down the pedestrianised Pride Hill.

Dressed in only a cream robe and white shorts, a man portraying Jesus walks his cross down a busy highstreet alongside two Roman soldiers and followed by a crowd of actors and audience as part of the Shrewsbury Passion Play 2019