Sunday 25 September 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury serenaded by online prankster Discoboy

Published 06/12/2015 | 17:06

The Archbishop of Canterbury was serenaded with a Justin Bieber song
The Archbishop of Canterbury was serenaded with a Justin Bieber song

Police stepped in to usher a renowned prankster away from the Archbishop of Canterbury after he tried to serenade him with a Justin Bieber song.

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Lee Marshall, also known as Discoboy, was grabbed by an officer as he tried to sing Bieber's hit Sorry in front of Archbishop Welby.

In video of the stunt, Mr Welby is seen smiling before stepping to one side as Marshall starts his rendition near Canterbury Cathedral.

Marshall, 30, from Canterbury, Kent, has uploaded three-minute-long footage of the prank on YouTube and Facebook where it has gained thousands of views.

He said: "I didn't know the archbishop was going to be there. He smiled at first and then you could see he was a bit wary, obviously he didn't know if I was a threat.

"Then someone wearing a headpiece said, 'Get him out' so off I went." In the footage, an officer is later seen telling Marshall, "Apology accepted, off you go".

The video also sees Marshall - who has a 97,000-strong following on Facebook - sing Bieber's song in shops, restaurants and at some startled-looking strangers in the street.

Marshall has gained popularity for his stunts, which included a half-naked, one-man mobile disco on the M20 during this summer's meltdown of cross-Channel travel services.

The video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=09ROrp2bs84&feature=youtu.be

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