Nude woman on church building promotes casino strip night

A 10 metre high semi-naked model projected onto the church tower at All Saints', Northampton
A 10 metre high semi-naked model projected onto the church tower at All Saints', Northampton

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 he had been "appalled" 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 told the Independent: "I am appalled, and I want an apology from the perpetrators.

"I didn't know anything about it until this morning, but I heard they [the casino] were bragging about it on Twitter.

"This is not an appropriate use of an iconic building, a sacred space that means a great deal to this town and community. You could call it larceny - using property that doesn't belong to them for their own gain.

"I would certainly not have given permission for them to use the church, but they didn't ask. I still haven't had any direct contact at all from the casino.

"I'm not aware of anything like this happening before, but to be honest I'm a bit nervous about what might happen next."

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 offence 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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