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Last Supper painting unveiled at Gloucestershire church

Lorna May Wadsworth with 'A Last Supper'
The 12-foot picture was painted entirely from life by artist Lorna May Wadsworth

An eagerly awaited new altarpiece for a Gloucestershire church has finally been unveiled.

Lorna May Wadsworth's interpretation of The Last Supper was revealed at St. George's Church, Nailsworth, on 23 April - appropriately St. George's Day.

The Service of Dedication was taken by the Reverend Stephen Earley and the Right Reverend Michael Perham, Bishop of Gloucester.

In front of a capacity congregation, the work of art was unveiled by the family of the man whose bequest enabled the painting to be created.

It is, quite simply, amazing and brilliant and we are privileged to have it.
The Reverend Stephen Earley

The artist herself was unable to attend the ceremony as she was stranded in Sorrento thanks to the volcanic ash cloud.

She sent a message saying: "I hope you like it, and if you don't, I hope you learn to like it!"

The model for Lorna's black 'Jesus', Tafari Hinds, attended the service along with Lorna's parents, and all told of their emotion in finally seeing the painting in its permanent new home.

Nick Denman, son of the late Nigel Denman, unveiled the picture with his wife and young family.

"There was an audible sharp intake of breath as the curtain dropped and the painting was finally unveiled," said Stephen Earley.

"I'm told some people were moved to tears, such is the impact on first sight.

"It is, quite simply, amazing and brilliant and we are privileged to have it.

"Archbishop Desmond Tutu and The Bishop of Gloucester have all called it 'wonderful'".

The Last Supper is now on permanent display at St. George's Church, Nailsworth.

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