VIDEO: The story of Jesus played out in a Houghton graveyard

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THE story of Jesus’ crucifixion was played out in a graveyard as part of Easter celebrations taking place in Sunderland over the weekend.

Hundreds of people gathered in Houghton Hillside Cemetery to watch the Passion Play.

(C) Keith Blundy / Aegies Associates

(C) Keith Blundy / Aegies Associates

The performance, complete with live music, was moved from its usual venue of St Michael’s and All Angels Church for the first time.

The Reverend Canon Sue Pinnington said: “The Passion Play has been successfully produced in the church in recent years but this year we took it outdoors for the first time.

“The cemetery, with its back drop of cliffs, is a terrific amphitheatre and created a great atmosphere.

“The whole idea was to show that the story may be 2000 years old but it is still relevant and contemporary.

“People were able to experience what it was like for those people watching the crucifixion of Jesus and they were able to accompany him on his last journey.”