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DRAMATIC REMINDER OF EASTER MEANING.

Byline: By JACKIE BOW South Wales Echo

'mammy, Jesus is here, pass it on,' called out eight-year-old Callum Davies. In the glorious sunshine of a crisp Good Friday morning the waiting youngster had just spotted 'Jesus' emerging from a Land Rover Discovery behind the gathering crowd, which included curious shoppers, mums with babies in prams and young children, teenagers, and pensioners.

The re-enactment of the Crucifixion of Christ was staged by Focal Point, a Tonyrefail-based Christian charity group, in conjunction with the Trecynon Apostolic Church.

Madog Davies, 32, a professional actor from Cardiff portrayed Christ.

The re-enactment, outside Aberdare's Woolworths store, aimed to give a shock reminder about the true meaning of Easter - to encourage people to think more deeply than just about giving and receiving chocolate eggs.

Ian Willis, of Porth, a spokesman for Focal Point, was delighted to see so many onlookers. He said: ' No-one is looking at it as if it is stupid.'

Kathleen Barnard, 43, of Cwmbach, said: 'I find the whole thing a bit strange.'

Philip Davies, who was with his wife Donna and children Chanine, seven, and Callum, eight, believed it would sell the message. Mr Davies said: 'It might be offensive to some, but it's the truth.'
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