Rock of Ages

by Gerry Lynch last modified 27 Jul, 2015 10:19 AM

West Wilts church wins town carnival prize for rock-themed float.

Parishioners from St Andrew’s Church in Melksham won the best float prize at the town’s carnival last week with an entry paying homage to the idols of rock‘n’roll – and to God.

A play on the words of the classic hymn Rock of Ages provided the main theme for the float. Parishioners rocked through the West Wiltshire town to tunes from classic rock anthems and ballads but with Christian lyrics provided by One Way UK puppet ministries.

Costumes included Freddie Mercury, Elvis, and Guns‘n’Roses frontman Axl Rose, while Team Vicar the Revd Alison Sowton glammed up as Catman from Kiss, complete with drumkit.

The prize was a fair reward for a float that got the crowds dancing in the streets (as David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Martha and the Vandellas might all have said).

Vicar Alison said, “The reaction we got was amazing. People saw a the sign from St Andrew's Church on the front of the float, and thought it would be quite tame. When they saw our set, they started clapping and dancing along! When we got back at the end of the route, all the other floats gave us a spontaneous cheer. It was a fantastically positive experience.

“We’re working hard at St Andrew’s to get out and be a positive presence in the local community. We’re raising funds for a big project to build a café, toilets and meetings rooms at the church which would also provide premises for local projects like the job club. We also hold a fun day in the local pub, which is a really good laugh.”

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