Hundreds of people gathered at Abingdon’s Abbey Grounds on Saturday for an epic re-telling of the Passion of the Christ.

This year saw more than 200 amateur actors again give their all in an outdoor performance of the Abingdon Passion Play, which has been held in the town every three years since 2013.

Rehearsals had been going on since February for the triennial Easter event with the play depicting last days of Christ including his trial, suffering and death.

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Visitors to the grounds were also treat to a host of street food, activities, entertainment and games, while youngsters were able to take part in a special Easter egg hunt.

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The town’s first retelling of the Passion took place in 2013 and attracted an audience of more than 1,200 in the Abbey Gardens, despite below-freezing temperatures.

In 2016 the Easter story proved so popular that a second performance was hastily scheduled to an indoor stage a few days later.