Vicar ‘kept sanitiser’ for handshaking
CELEBRITY VICAR Richard Coles has admitted that he kept bottles of hand sanitiser for all the handshaking at Christmas in his last parish.
But the former Communards star, 57, who trained at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield in West Yorkshire before being ordained in 2005, said he was “wiped out” on Christmas Day.
The Rev Coles, who is the vicar at a church in Finedon in Northamptonshire and has also carved out a career as a broadcaster and journalist, said that there were more than 30 carol services in the run-up to Christmas in his last parish in central London.
He told Radio Times magazine: “After Hark the Herald, we would take up our positions in the porch to wish departing worshippers a happy Christmas.
“10,000 handshakes followed, or to put it another way, 10,000 opportunities for viruses to pass from them to me. We kept little bottles of hand sanitiser for prophylactic wiping, but, invariably, we were voiceless by Midnight Mass, and wiped out before the Queen’s Speech.”