The Vicar & Tina Turner
A very English story, this. The vicar of St Barnabus’ Church, Tunbridge Wells, is sick of officiating at cremations (or ‘crems’ as he calls them) and having to listen to mum’s doggerel poetry read over Tina Turner songs instead of a requiem mass. He feels his presence at a funeral where someone plays ‘Candle In The Wind’ or ‘My Way’ is a waste when he could be finding better ways to spend his time. Six out of ten UK people in the newly secular Britain prefer modern music over hymns, and he’s told his parishioners he’s sick of it. The result? A wave of protest from his congregation, who feel they relate to non-religious music that meant something in the lives of the deceased better than turgid Victorian platitudes. The Reverend should probably have thought this view through before posting it on the internet.