A PASSION Play -or Easter Pageant - put Easter into the heart of Settle with a walking version of the greatest story ever told.

Organised by Churches Together in Settle and District, the ‘play on the move’ first started in 2009 and has taken place every year, except for 2020 due to Covid restrictions.

Watched by residents, visitors and ramblers, all of the cast members gave their best performances in enacting the biblical account of the death of Jesus, remembered each year on Good Friday.

The play began in St John’s Methodist Church for the Last Supper, then walked round to the Millennium Garden on Kirkgate for the Garden of Gethsemane scene, where Jesus was arrested and taken up the narrow Kirkgate lane to the Market Place. That was the setting for the trial scene and Pilate’s sentence of death. Carrying a cross, Jesus was led down Church Street to the graveyard at Settle Parish Church for the Crucifixion.

The play did not include the resurrection, although that was celebrated at a dawn service next to the Quaker Meeting House on Sunday.

People from at least 12 different churches and some from no church were involved in the extensive production.

Judith Allinson, one of the organisers, said people had travelled from Bradford just to follow the play and told her: “We decided that we should go to Settle to see the Passion Play, and we are so pleased that we did. It was very moving”.