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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, May 09, 2004
    Among the great and good - L11 class
     
    I've bin a-baptis'n today. Three little babbies got the anointin'. The occasion increased the congregation by fivefold, big local families, one of them the family of an internationally famous footballer and among one of the other families, one of Britain's best-known and loved TV actors.

    It was standing room only at the back and I spent most of the service casting my eyes around looking for Wayne. Like I do at Goodison each week. He wasn't there - my guess is Moyes had them in for extra training this morning after another dismal defeat yesterday. But there were a few Wayne lookalikes among little Millie-May's clan.


    Geoffrey Hughes was with us though. You know him - Coronation Street's Eddie Yates, Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances, Twiggy in The Royle Family, Heartbeat's Vernon Scripps. I wish I'd known he was coming - I'd have given him the gospel reading to do.

    The mood of this occasion was manic and magic. No dull moments in Liverpool 11 today.