In pictures: Hundreds observe Good Friday cross raising at Sunderland’s Tunstall Hill

Sunderland’s community spirit was out in full force this Good Friday as families from across the city observed the annual cross raising ceremony.

Friday, 19th April 2019, 4:32 pm
Updated Friday, 19th April 2019, 4:39 pm
Observing the Good Friday tradition.

Taking place each year on Tunstall Hill, the event’s prayers were led by Father Marc Lyden-Smith. The ceremony was organised by the University of Sunderland Catholic Chaplaincy. Here are our pictures of how the event unfolded.

More than 120 people attended the event.
Two sections of the cross were carried up the peak, placed together and lifted into place.

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Crews filming the next series of Netflix documentary Sunderland 'Til I Die were also present.
The ceremony began with prayers leading into a Psalm.
A Passion Play was held before further prayers and reflection held by Father Marc Lyden-Smith.
The Passion Play is performed by international students.
Father Lyden-Smith praised the hard work of all those involved in the event.
The event replaced Wearside's historic Easter parade five years ago.
The sun shone on Tunstall Hill.