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Bishop hands out free chocolate

The Right Revered Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter
Bishop Michael said people reacted favourably to the chocolate

A Bishop gave out free chocolate bars to passengers at a Devon train station in a bid to lure them into church.

The chocolate was given to commuters at Exeter Central by the Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revered Michael Langrish.

He said the Fairtrade chocolate bars given out earlier were not a bribe but a "sweetener or symbolic gift" to tempt people to attend church.

Back to Church Sunday is this week, when regular churchgoers invite friends and neighbours to give church a try.

A spokeswoman said the bishop had handed out about 400 bars of chocolate and made the most of the opportunity to talk to people from the Diocese of Exeter.

"People seemed very happy to get a bar of chocolate at eight o'clock in the morning," she added.

Bishop Michael said many of the commuters said they would think about going to church this weekend.

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