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Would you Adam and Eve it? Jesus feeds the 5000 down on the beach

Brighton beach hosted the feeding of the 5000 with a modern twist yesterday ...

Sunbathers, holidaymakers, locals, tourists and the homeless were all fed by Jesus on Brighton seafront yesterday.

As part of the Bible Society-organised event, actors from the Brighton-based theatre company Soul by the Sea dressed in first century Palestinian costume and handed out 5000 tuna, prawn and salmon sandwiches.

The event was a contemporary re-telling of Jesus’ famous miracle which is told in all four Gospels (Matthew 14, Mark 6Luke 9 and John 6).

Jesus was played by professional actor James Burke Dunsmore, who said: "I hope that people will react to the act of giving. Being given something for nothing is disarming. As actors we are all moved by this story. That’s the reason we are here."

Rachel Rounds, Head of Media, at Bible Society said: "We think the Bible is more than a book, a wonderful, powerful, story worth exploring, living and sharing. We want to give everyone the opportunity to encounter Scripture for themselves. Jesus fed more than 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish so we thought we’d feed people with fish sandwiches."

Many of the sandwiches were given to Brighton charities who work with the homeless. Linda Bolton from Crossover, Brighton’s mobile street kitchen said: "We are delighted and thrilled to be supporting the Bible Society and Soul by The Sea's project 'The Feeding of the 5000' where everybody and anybody – residents, visitors, tourists and the disadvantaged alike - will be offered the gift of a free fish sandwich."

Photo: Bible Society/Clare Kendall

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