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Easter Sunday celebrated in Derby Cathedral

The congregation at Derby Cathedral this morning Credit: ITV News Central/Hannah Stokes

Hundreds of worshippers have packed into Derby Cathedral for the traditional Easter Sunday service.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, held this morning's celebration of Jesus' resurrection.

Speaking ahead of the service, the Bishop released his annual Easter message, part of which explained the sequence of events at this important stage in the Christian calendar.

Easter is not just an event. More, Easter is a process. The Christian understanding of Easter flows through a powerful sequence. Maundy Thursday: a supper with friends. Good Friday: betrayal, torture, death.

Holy Saturday: a space of waiting while hope struggles with despair and light seems to be extinguished by darkness. Easter Sunday: Jesus risen from the tomb, hope and light in triumph – not simply in this world, but as ingredients of a glory beyond our little universe.

The read the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern's full Easter message CLICK HERE

Thousands to fill Leicester for Good Friday celebration

Thousands of people are expected to fill Leicester city centre today for the annual telling of the Easter Story.

Thousands of people turn out for the event every year
Thousands of people turn out for the event every year Credit: ITV News Central

The traditional Christ in the Centre event has been closed down due to what organisers labelled "spiralling costs" - but it has been replaced with an event called Leicester@theCross.

The Christ in the Centre event has been replaced with a smaller event called Leicester@theCross
The Christ in the Centre event has been replaced with a smaller event called Leicester@theCross Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester@theCross is designed for people of all faiths, and will tell the story of Jesus' crucifixion through dance, singing and music.

The event begins at 11am.

Motorists warned of more jams during Easter getaway

Motorists are warned of a second busy day on the roads today as thousands of people are expected to take advantage of the long weekend for a short getaway.

Drivers are warned about traffic jams as people are expected to head off for a short break
Drivers are warned about traffic jams as people are expected to head off for a short break Credit: David Jones/PA

Drivers are advised to check local travel news before setting off and plan alternative routes in advance.

Keep up to date with with the ITV Central Travel page.

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Easter protest against Aston Villa, full report

A church congregation fed up with having their Easter Sunday services disrupted by noisy football fans have staged a protest.

The Reverend of Aston Parish church says scheduling Sunday lunchtime matches disturbs the peace and tranquility of their services.

Today the congregation in Birmingham staged a peaceful mini-demonstration ahead of Villa's match with Liverpool.

Protest 'to remind people what Easter is about'

The protest being held by the Aston Parish Church today against the lunchtime Aston Villa match being held on Easter Sunday includes handing out free hot cross buns.

Reverend Andrew Jolley says they are there to remind people what Easter is all about.

Although matches have taken place on Easter Sunday for years, protesters say holding the game earlier in the day this year is disruptive to those attending Church.

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