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Portishead church holds Queen rock mass
Rev Des Williamson, vicar of St Peter's Church, Portishead
The service will include rock songs and an air guitar competition

The songs of Queen rang out at a Portishead church in April as a rock mass was held there.

The evening service - and air guitar competition - on Saturday, 17 April was the brainchild of Rev Des Williamson, vicar of St Peter's Church.

He decided to hold the event after listening more closely to Queen songs played by his wife in the car.

"It struck me one day that the lyrics were very powerful. I decided why not use them in worship?"

The theme of the service, which included the songs We Will Rock You, You're my Best Friend and Under Pressure, was friendship.

'Tight Lycra'

"I've had some very strange reactions to the whole thing," said Des.

"Someone assumed I would change the lyrics but I'm a bit of a purist, the lyrics are too good to tamper with.

"One lady pleaded with me to have a word with her husband because he's planning to come in tight Lycra!

"Another person thought God would not approve of Freddie Mercury songs in church.

"I think if Jesus were around today he'd be first in the queue, he was a fun guy."

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