A wooden cross carried to Belfast from Dublin by young people to be used in Easter pageant.

The cross had been used the previous year in the Dublin Passion play at the Pro-Cathedral. The cross was carried by 32 young people. On route, the young people were joined in Dundalk by Cardinal O'Fiaich and Archbishop Robert Eames. 

Upon arrival in Belfast, they were greeted by the Bishop of Down and Conor Dr Cathal Daly and his Church of Ireland counterpart, Rev William McCappin, as well as representatives from the Presbyterian and Methodist churches. Around 200 people attended a short service on the steps of the cathedral. 

After the service, the two bishops helped to carry the cross through the streets of Belfast to St Peter's Cathedral in the Divis Street area of Belfast. 

The 100-mile pilgrimage called 'Calvary '87' ended with the cross being erected on the main altar of St Peter's Cathedral where it will be the centrepiece for the 1987 Passion play. 

Rehearsals for the play have been going on for a number of weeks involving 16 professional actors and local residents. The play directed by Michael Scott will also have Cyril Cusack taking part is to run for a week.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 March 1987. The reporter is Michael Fisher.