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Crucifixion of Jesus played out in Grantham 30 years ago

On Good Friday 30 years ago, 5,000 people took part in a religious pageant in Grantham. David France, now 78 and living in Derbyshire, was a member of the congregation at the time. Here, he looks back over “one of the best days in the town’s history”.

The Way of the Cross was conceived in 1989 as a project by the rector of St Wulfram’s Church, the Rev Bob Reiss, who challenged his curate, the popular Rev Peter Ballard, to make it a reality.

His first task was to appeal to the congregation to join in. Working parties were set up so that each stage of the procession was produced by a different team.The various ladies’ groups in the church were also set the task of designing and making suitable costumes, not just for adults but also for the many children it was hoped would join in.

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