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Have a go at the Church Times caption competition, and read the previous winner and top entries

21 June 2019

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Have a go at our next caption competition (above) and win a prize of Fairtrade chocolate!

Email your entries to: captioncompetition@churchtimes.co.uk

or send by post (postcards only) to:

Caption Competition
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London EC1Y 0TG

Entries must be received by Friday 24 May. 


Here is this week’s winner:

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I may be dancing, sir, but you are strictly for the Tower — and I don’t mean Blackpool - Chris Stone


STRICTLY no prizes for guessing which television show was the most quoted in entries this week:

  • Strictly no judging this couple’s dancing (Chris Coupe)
  • Owing to a BBC mix-up, Songs of Praise was staged at Blackpool Ballroom, while Strictly Come Dancing was recorded at Westminster Abbey (Alison Parry)
  • The Dean would have preferred a roller-coaster in the nave to attract a younger congregation, but had to settle for an Elizabethan-themed Strictly Come Dancing to keep everyone happy (Mervyn Cox)
  • Strictly Fresh Expressions (Robert Shooter)
  • Breaking news: Strictly 2019 to include an Elizabethan section (Lesley Cope)
  • Although she may have had the body of a weak and feeble woman, she had the heart and stomach of a Strictly Come Dancing winner (Stephen L. Disley).

Peterborough Cathedral has not had an easy few years; so it was reassuring to see some merriment taking place:

  • Elizabeth couldn’t help but celebrate with a jig when she heard that her team had won the coveted golden gavel (Becky Matthew)
  • Dancing in the aisles was good for the soul, but not the soles (Mark Parry)
  • The new Madame Tussauds exhibition at Peterborough Cathedral was a roaring success (Lynda Sebbage)
  • ‘The Hooker-Cooker’: a song-and-dance routine popular through the ages (Richard Crockett).

It wouldn’t be a caption competition without a political angle:

  • I was hoping for a dance with Nigel Farage as he’s here for the by-election (Richard Hough)
  • Candidates for the Tory leadership had to demonstrate both an ability to dance and reverence for royal tradition (Patrick Irwin).

Some other entries that we enjoyed:

  • The Dean and Precentor took full advantage of the relaxation of the Vestments Canon (Richard Barnes)
  • AI meets Antiques Road Trip (Vicky Lundberg)
  • I may be smiling, loyal partner, but if the judges do not award us four ‘tens’ I will send them all to the gallows (Megan Parry)
  • Owing to a misprint, the advert read: ‘A Bess wanted for city religious community’ (Ray Morris)
  • The Tudor forerunner of Fresh Expressions (Richard Hough)
  • The Elizabethan Jazz Age (Valerie Budd)
  • No matter what the circumstances, you can always tell a St Stephen’s House man from a Cuddesdon man (John Swanson)
  • Elizabethan Settlement — when the only other jacket options were Day-Glo lime and shocking pink (Andrew Greenhough)
  • The theme for this year’s diocesan conference was Ancient & Modern (Michael Foster);
  • Queen to Kings, Bishop 3 (Peter Sebbage)
  • Him: Do you come here often? Her (thinks): My goodness, I hate these state visits (John Kimberley)
  • An eye-catching outfit, and Elizabeth looked quite stunning, too! (Richard Strudwick).

As ever, the winner receives Fairtrade chocolate, courtesy of Divine Chocolate: www.divinechocolate.com.

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