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Crucifixion to be re-enacted

PUBLISHED: 16:47 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 23 August 2010

HUNDREDS of shoppers and residents are expected to witness the annual re-enactment of the crucifixion on Good Friday. The death of Jesus Christ is to be commemorated in the poignant procession on Friday, marking the start of three street celebrations pla

HUNDREDS of shoppers and residents are expected to witness the annual re-enactment of the crucifixion on Good Friday.

The death of Jesus Christ is to be commemorated in the poignant procession on Friday, marking the start of three street celebrations planned this month.

On Saturday, April 18 the annual Sikh Vaisakhi festival is set to be held with a parade through the town centre.

Less than a week later on Thursday, April 23 more than 700 children from 14 schools in the borough are expected to take part in a St George's Day parade for the second year running.

The parade has been organised by North West Kent Racial Equality Council in partnership with Gravesham Borough Council.

Speaking about the Good Friday event, artistic director Martin Harris said: "This is the most important day in the Christian calendar and as a Christian country it's important the event is marked by Christians in the Gravesham area.

"People who come to it walk away a different person. They are all deeply affected by what happens. Having been Jesus on the cross for five years I have seen these changes happening. It's a wonderful thing that we do in Gravesend."

Church members will meet at the crossroads of New Road and High Street, Gravesend, from 10.30am. Ten minutes later a main procession of characters in costume will start from St George's Church Hall and travel along West Street and Bath Street to New Road and the town centre.

The procession incorporates all of the principal characters involved in the crucifixion - the thieves, Roman soldiers, Pontius Pilate and culminates in a re-enactment of Christ's progress to the crucifixion.

The town centre will be closed during the event which is due to finish at noon and represents the start of three major events in Gravesham within the month.

The Gravesend Reporter would like to point out that the incorrect date for the Easter Parade was published in the Gravesham Borough Council 'Your Borough' leaflet distributed to every house in the borough last week.

Vaisakhi route... The procession starts at the existing Gurdwara in Clarence Place and goes through Parrock Street, Milton Road, King Street, New Road, Darnley Road, Arthur Street, back to Clarence Place and continuing to the new £12 million Gurdwara where a service will be held to celebrate its partial completion.

St George's route... It starts at 10.15am Towncentric Tourist Information goes through the High Street, King Street, St George's Shopping Centre, New Road and Windmill Street and finishes at the Civic Centre where there will then be a flag raising ceremony.

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