HUNDREDS of people are expected to join in the celebrations for Easter in Huddersfield.

On Good Friday, March 25, the most solemn and holy day of the Christian calendar, Christians will take to the streets of the town in a Walk of Witness.

The walk imitates the journey that Jesus Christ took carrying his cross through the streets of Jerusalem before his execution by crucifixion at Calvary outside the city walls.

On that day his body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a cave. Easter Sunday celebrates his resurrection.

The walk's organisers - Christians Together in Huddersfield and District - are anticipating a record number of walkers this year.

Last year more than 200 people joined in.

The Vicar of Huddersfield, the Rev Catherine Ogle, said: "This is a powerful and moving experience for those who take part.

"In a world with so much innocent suffering Good Friday is a day to consider the profound questions of life and a growing number of Christians seem to want to take part.

"As we journey around the town we stop to reflect on Jesus's last journey, and we pray for different aspects of the life of the town."

The walkers will set off from the Huddersfield Parish Church at 9.45am, quietly walking with a large cross around the town centre and stopping at different places for Bible readings and prayer.

* Easter marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is the most important Christian festival.

* The date of Easter can fall anywhere between March 21 and April 25, determined by the paschal full moon.

* The custom of giving eggs celebrates new life.

* Hot cross buns are eaten. They used to be kept for Good Friday with the symbolism of the cross but some say they originated in pagan times with the bun representing the moon and its four quarters.