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Bolton brings the Easter story alive with Passion play

Jog Maher as Jesus
Image caption Passion for Bolton takes place on Easter Saturday

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is to be re-enacted on the steps of Bolton Town Hall this Easter.

Passion for Bolton is the first production in the town to depict the final hours before Jesus was crucified.

Two donkeys and 150 people from churches in the Greater Manchester area will be involved.

The final scenes, as Jesus is crucified along with the two thieves, will be acted out in front of Easter shoppers.

Project director Caroline Wyke said: "Although the Gospel accounts in the Bible provide a vivid account of the arrest, trial and execution of Jesus, there is nothing quite like seeing the whole incredible story replayed in front of you."

The role of Jesus will be played by Jog Maher, an actor featured on the Channel 4 drama, Shameless.

The rest of the cast are from all ages and backgrounds and will feature "teenagers and grannies, Pharisees, centurions and hoodies", said the organisers.

Local primary school children will be providing artwork for the event and secondary school students will be performing scenes from the Gospels before the main performance.

Passion for Bolton is performed in front of Bolton Town Hall on Saturday 23 April from 1200 BST.

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