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Caption Competition

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27 October 2017

THE Yorkshire marathon furnished us with the last caption-competition photo

Diocese of York

The runner did not know that, when an archbishop raises his hand, it is to give a blessing M Leppard

The runner did not know that, when an archbishop raises his hand, it is to give a blessing M Leppard

THE Yorkshire marathon furnished us with the last caption-competition photo. Readers took pleasure in interpreting what the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, was up to.

“Testing the new Peace for youth communion services” (Eric Lishman); ”After Strictly comes Country Dancing?” (Chris Coupe); ”As long as he held his hands up, they were winning; so Aaron and Hur were ready and waiting should the Archbishop get tired” (Andrew Greenhough); ”Up high! Down low! Oops . . . too slow!” (Che Seabourne); and ”Clergy selection was certainly different in the York diocese” (Vicky Lund­berg).

Other suggestions: “It’s a tag race, Archbishop: we touch, and off you go” (John Saxbee); “Some­one tell him it’s not a relay” (Tom Page); and “His fail­ure to hand on the crosier correctly lost them the relay race” (Edward Mynors).

Most readers, though, settled on the high-five: “Is that one of your high fives-a-day, Archbishop?” (John Radford); “He was about to regret high-fiving someone who plays African drums” (Chris Coupe); and Richard Barnes burst into song: “Lift high the five, the love of Christ proclaim, till every sole endure half-marathon pain”.

Then the entries started to get a bit weird: “Through 15 miles — hit ‘the wall’ — started hal­lucinat­­ing — hi-fived a purple shepherd — booked into rehab” (John Saxbee); “The Anglican equivalent greeting to ‘Live long and prosper’?” (Chris Coupe); ”The Archbishop was unaware that the four-finger open palm was the recognition sign of the Yorkshire Liberation Army” (Ray Morris); and “Stop, son. Don’t go in there. It’s full of archdeacons” (Eric Lishman).

More generally: “It must be Palm Sunday” (John Saxbee); “Arch­­bishop tries out new lit­urgy for welcoming Trans­pen­nine people” (Richard Barnes); “As there were so many candidates, the Archbishop was using a run-through confirma­tion ser­vice” (Brian Stevenson); ”The new ap­­plicant was re­­­lieved to have ful­­filled all the require­ments for joining the new
York Minster bell-ringers team”
(Rich­ard Hough); “The Arch­bishop had not quite got the hang of arm-wrestling yet” (Step­hen Disley); and ”The ‘living water’ station was lovely, but not immediately helpful” (Jeremy Fletcher).

A prize of Fairtrade chocolate, courtesy of Divine (divinechocolate.com) goes to the winner.

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