Around 800 people joined a walk of witness through Belper, as part of the town’s first Passion play of modern times.
Onlookers packed into the Central Methodist Chapel to watch the first act of the play with around another 150 to 200 people swelling the numbers as they followed the procession up King Street.
“We had no idea how many people would turn out and the numbers are astonishing. It’s very humbling,” said the Passion’s director Larry Waller.
With a cast of 50, Rough Truffles choir, a drummer and 70 helpers, the play drew upon many talents in the community.
“The cast are drawn from all walks of life and they have come together for a common cause,” said writer George Gunby.
It is hoped to extend the play, possibly across three days, next year.