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Issue:- 12 April  2012

Walk of Witness and Passion Play, Formby
Photographs and report by L Trollope

ON Good Friday, 6 April 2012, several hundred people gathered by the War Memorial at 11am, and then processed in a Walk of Witness to the Swimming Pool in Brows Lane where an outstanding Passion Play was performed alongside a short service.

Unlike Preston and Port Talbot, this was a traditional rendition; a very moving portrayal of Christ’s trial, scourging and crucifixion with the audience involved as the fickle and hostile crowd. Good use was made of the space and surrounding bushes which added extra dimension to the unfolding drama.

All this was run by the Formby Association of Churches, from the written script to the provision of actors from local churches, with authentic looking costumes, props including the 12 foot wooden cross and clever stage management (the sound system was provided and used by Andie Johnson). It was a very thought provoking experience and the audience were certainly appreciative. The tradition must continue looking as usual.

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