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Gallery: Thousands of people captivated by Bury St Edmunds passion play

PUBLISHED: 15:45 18 April 2014 | UPDATED: 15:57 18 April 2014

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Bury St Edmunds was transformed from the 21st Century to the 1st Century this morning as vast crowds were left captivated by a vivid re-enactment of Jesus’s crucifixion.

Thousands of people followed this year’s passion play right through the heart of the town, with spectators treated to a brutal yet brilliant rendition of the events behind Easter celebrations.

Romans dressed in full costume arrested the show’s star at St Edmundsbury Cathedral before marching their way up through the town to a trial in front of Pontius Pilate at The Arc shopping centre.

Having declared Jesus guilty, the play’s final act saw a crucifixion take place in the Abbey Gardens.

Producer Revd Jonathan Ford is a minister at Christ Church on Moreton Hall, and played a Roman centurion in the production.

He said: “The church has felt that, in one sense, the church has lost Christmas - ergo, we must not lose Easter, which is even more important.

“It’s celebrating what Christ has done on the cross, it’s showing that faith means so much to us, and also doing it in the centre of the town, as the town was originally set aside as a place of worship, is all part of bringing that together.”

Police have launched an attempted murder investigation after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed in Osborne Street, Colchester, in the early hours of this morning.

A new road, which ran almost £5m over budget, faces fresh controversy after it emerged a council employee involved in the project also completed work for the road’s developers through his private company.

A damning dossier compiled by a senior whistleblower from the region’s ambulance trust has claimed at least 40 patients died or were harmed due to delays over Christmas and New Year - including one person who froze to death.

Emergency services were called to an incident in Stoke-by-Nayland where a car overturned and ended up on its roof.

A Suffolk family had the BBC’s DIY SOS team spend 10 days at their property in November.

Witham MP Priti Patel is urging schools in the region to take advantage of the opportunity to visit the infamous Holocaust concentration camp Auschwitz, as part of a nationwide programme to educate pupils of the atrocities.

Nadhim Zahawi, minister in the Department for Education says the Ipswich Opportunity Area plan will give young people in the town to be the best version of themselves.

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