Chance to get involved in an Easter project

Communities can get involved in an ambitious Easter project depicting a contemporary retelling of the Passion story, to be broadcast live on TV.

The Great North Passion features 12 art installations displayed in giant metal shipping containers, each one representing one of the Stations of the Cross which mark significant points along Jesus’ last journey to his crucifixion.

North Tyneside has been allocated the first station, where Jesus was condemned to death, and representatives from the Fishermen’s Mission, local community groups and council officers have chosen a design by Whitley Bay artist Richard Broderick.

The piece will include a large-scale fishing boat structure mounted on the top of the container with a net descending to the floor.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I’m delighted that North Tyneside has been allocated the first station of the cross.

“Working with local residents and community groups, Richard will be producing an innovative and thought-provoking piece of artwork combining the religious element of the Passion with the values and traditions of local people.”

The Great North Passion will be broadcast on Good Friday, April 18, on BBC One.