REVIEW: Rev Richard Coles in conversation at Budleigh
PUBLISHED: 18:30 09 March 2018
“It’s counter-intuitive for a vicar to walk into a church and see lots of people,” remarked the Rev Richard Coles, taking his seat in a packed St Peter’s Church for an evening of conversation with Annie Ashworth, artistic director of Budleigh Literary Festival.
The event was postponed when Coles was lured away from the 2017 festival to be in Strictly Come Dancing.
He was, he recalls, ‘booted off’ for performing the worst pasa doble the judges had ever seen, but not before becoming ‘the only incumbent of the Church of England to have spray-tanned with Debbie McGee’.
In an evening that provided food for thought as well as laughter, Coles discussed how he balances his ‘life of two halves’.
“To be an effective public figure is often at odds with being an effective vicar’, he admitted, “but the visibility of people who commit to a faith is a very good thing.”