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Priest demands apology after casino projects semi-naked woman onto church tower

Publicity stunt for strip poker night angers residents

By Adam Withnall

A parish priest has demanded an apology after a casino projected a 30ft image of a semi-naked woman onto the side of his church in Northampton.

The image was part of a publicity stunt for local casino Aspers, which said it was hosting a strip poker night on Valentine’s Day that would feature the model involved.

But Father David McConkey, the priest at All Saints, Northampton, said the church had been “offended” by the incident on Saturday night.

Yet far from apologising, the casino told the Northampton Chronicle the stunt was “purely meant in good spirit”, promoting an event that would include “two saucy Page 3 girls and one cheeky male model”.

Father David said: “We are offended that this was done.

“No permission was sought or gained. We would be grateful for an apology for this misuse of a sacred space.”

After word of the stunt spread on Twitter and local resident Ruth Campbell called it a “distasteful attack on the church and our religion”, it was brought to the attention of the campaign group No More Page 3.

The organisation tweeted: “Good that there's been a backlash. Local feminist groups are essential for fighting these local fights as well.”

A spokesperson for Aspers Casino said: “We did not mean to cause offense in any way at all and it was purely meant in good spirit. Our alternative Valentine’s Strip Poker event on Friday night is a bit of fun and slightly tongue on cheek plus it is free for all to enter.”

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