They scattered palms in his path,arrested him,tried him before Pilate and finally they crucified him.
Brigg’s moving re-enactment of the greatest story ever told, saw the Market Place packed with a crowd far more in empathy with the star role than that on the Hill of Calvary more than 2,000 years ago.
Churches Together in Brigg and District staged the production which began with children from Brigg Primary School throwing palms in the path of Christ as he was led into Jerusalem, or in this case over the County Bridge.
Jesus was played with both compassion and dignity by Vincent Thurston.
The director Anne Spolton and producer Chris Lilley were very creative in how the scene was set.
The Last Supper took place on a platform in front of Barclays Bank. Pontius Pilate (Paul Dickinson) sentenced Christ from the balcony of The Angel. Peter betrayed his Lord in front of the Buttercross building while the final act took place at the eastern end of the market place.
The crowd were allowed to be close to the action, creating a real feel that they were an important part of this tragedy.
Chris Lilley meanwhile narrated the story from the bandstand. The word perfect performance from the lead role set the standard and there were other strong key roles in support. Andrew Bunker as Peter and Tim Phipps as Judas were typical.
But a play like this needs it’s extras to convey dignity and to really appreciate what it must have been like to be there on the hill of crucifixion.
The children of Brigg County Primary and Broughton Primary led Christ on Palm Sunday, though here practicalities meant he did not ride into Brigg on a donkey.
The children then sang as they action moved on.
The final scene saw Christ raised upon his cross, there were shouts of anguish and finally the words spoken that ‘this man truly was the Son of God.’