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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 May, 2003, 06:02 GMT 07:02 UK
Kirk snubs Wicker Man cash
Wicker Man
Christopher Lee starred in the original film

A church minister has refused to accept a donation because it came from the organiser of a music festival themed on cult film The Wicker Man.

The Reverend James Sinclair, of Rerrick Parish, near Castle Douglas in Galloway, said it would have been inappropriate to accept the money.

The Wicker Man - starring Edward Woodward, Brit Eckland and Christopher Lee - was filmed in Galloway.

Released in 1973, the film tells the story of a policeman who goes to a remote Scottish island to investigate a child's death.

However, Sergeant Howie finds himself faced with a pagan community and becomes embroiled in the island's rituals.

He ends up being burned as a human sacrifice.

Family event

The film is about to be remade by American director Neil LaBute, with Nicholas Cage, Wynona Ryder and Angelina Jolie starring.

Kirkcudbright farmer James Gilroy held a Wicker Man music festival last year and plans to repeat the event this year.

He said he was surprised to get his cheque for 250 back from the church - especially given the state of the Kirk's finances.

He said the festival was about the countryside and music and was intended as a family event.

However, Rev Sinclair said his decision was backed by the Kirk session.

He said he had nothing against music festivals but was unhappy with the Wicker Man theme.



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