An estimated 6,000 people watched today's first performance of a Good Friday play about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the city centre. This year two performances of the annual Christ in the Centre event were being held. The event has been based on an extended version of the play "The First Easter" by children's author Meg Harper. Event trustee Jonathan Wheeler said: "Considering the cold weather we had a good number of people and the initial reaction was very good." The event cost about £43,000 to stage and the organisers were about £8,000 short at the beginning of this month. Bucket collections took place during the event to keep it going in future years. Mr Wheeler said: "We have our collections here today and there is also a form on the programme for people to send in donations. "We are very near the finishing line for this year but we need to make it more of a year-round fundraising thing." The second performance was taking place at 2pm.