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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Head over heels: Westminster Abbey verger celebrates successful service with red-carpet cartwheels

The relief and excitement was simply too much for one verger at Westminster Abbey yesterday.

With the guests departed, his job of assisting with the marriage service was complete. Unable to contain his joy, the layman, who is thought to be Ben Sheward, offered his own personal fly-past to mark the occasion.

He strode happily along the red-carpeted aisle in his black cassock, paused with one arm aloft and performed a near-perfect cartwheel.

As he returned to the upright position, he smiled broadly and walked a few paces further on the carpet, before allowing himself a second cartwheel.

A spokesman for the abbey said: "Our view is that the verger was simply reflecting what we all feel about a very successful service." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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