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Archbishop of Canterbury bears the Easter cross

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby carries the Easter cross through Dover Credit: Press Association

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has led the Procession of Witness through Dover. He led residents and church-goers through the town and up to St Mary's in Castro Church, at Dover Castle. Earlier, he spoke to soup kitchen and food bank volunteers.

Easter Passion Play features a diverse cast from Poole

The Easter story is being played out in dramatic style in Poole.

The town's Passion Play has become hugely popular and features a diverse cast, drawn from across the community.

Amateur and professional actors are performing alongside people who have been homeless or recovered from addiction.

We spoke to Sharon Muiuri, the artistic director.

Animals at Oxford park celebrate Easter

Meerkats investigate their Easter surprises Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park

Animals at an Oxford wildlife park have been spoilt today as part of their Easter celebrations.

Keepers at Cotswold Wildlife Park have treated the animals with their own versions of Easter eggs that include animal enrichment.

Stephen the one-year-old Humboldt penguin pecks at the egg Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park

Chris Kibbey, Section Head of Primates at Cotswold Wildlife Park, said: “Who doesn't love Easter? Chicks, Lambs, nice weather and of course Easter eggs. This Easter week seemed the ideal time to give our group of Meerkats some decorated eggs as enrichment.

"The Ostrich eggs have mealworms inside and the Chicken eggs are hard boiled. By rolling the eggs around, the Meerkats need to work hard to receive their reward. This keeps them busy and helps stimulate them.”

Kerima, a ground Cuscus, inspects his Easter egg Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park


Homeless dogs to enjoy Easter surprise

Jake is up for adoption at the rehoming centre in Reading Credit: Dogs' Trust

Homeless dogs in Berkshire are being treated to their very own Easter egg hunt - with no chocolate involved.

Staff at the Dogs Trust centre in Plumb Farm have hidden Easter toys for the dogs to sniff out and fetch.

Remy is one of the dogs taking part in the Easter fun Credit: Dogs' Trust

Jenny Hopkins, Assistant Rehoming Centre Manger, says: “We have lots of sprightly dogs at the centre who need to burn off energy so we thought we’d create a fun Easter game for them to enjoy and help them practice their recall too.

"We would like to remind everyone about the dangers of leaving chocolate around for dogs to consume. It is extremely toxic to dogs because it contains the chemical theobromine which can cause poisoning."

Special Easter egg hunt for dogs in Reading

Whilst children across the South will be digging into their chocolate Easter eggs, the Newbury Dogs' Trust is warning families not to feed them to their dogs.

The Dogs' Trust in Newbury are hosting an Easter egg hunt especially for their homeless dogs this weekend.

The egg hunt will see dogs digging up Easter-themed toys in a sand area to keep them entertained over the long weekend.

Chocolate is deadly for pet dogs, as the cocoa in the food can kill the animals.

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