Crucifixion re-enactment moves people to tears

Easter procession, Hastings Old Town
Easter procession, Hastings Old Town
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PEOPLE were moved to tears as parishioners in the Old Town staged the annual re-enactment of Christ’s crucifixion on Friday.

Members of the Old Town Parish Players, from both St Mary Star-of-the-Sea and the parish of St Clement and All Saints, staged the Stations of the Cross procession in front of hundreds of onlookers.

Easter procession, Hastings Old Town

Easter procession, Hastings Old Town

It started at St Clement’s Church where Jesus, played by James Robus, carried the cross while being beaten by Roman soldiers.

He was led through the High Street before being crucified on the steps of All Saints Church.

Afterwards Christ was taken inside and lain on the altar where people could pay their respects.

Kevin Boorman, who played one of the Roman soldiers, said: “The crowd of people was several hundred strong and the procession was meant to bring it home to people what Jesus went through as he died. It allowed people to reflect on events of 2,000 years ago.

Easter procession, Hastings Old Town

Easter procession, Hastings Old Town

“The event was very moving and most years people end up moved to tears.”

This year the procession was organised by Heather Leech.