|408: All Saints, Beeston Regis, Norfolk, England|
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Mystery Worshipper: Marcellus.
The church: All Saints, Beeston Regis, Norfolk, England.
Denomination: Church of England.
The building: This is a rugged clifftop church with an unbuttressed tower in a fairly isolated position. Externally it shows a distinct division between nave and chancel with a visible south aisle as seen from the main road. It is entered by the south porch. It is mainly constructed of flints, and is renowned for its near-perfect painted medieval screen which displays 12 saints.
The church: It serves a local community from the nearby town of West Runton and is between Sheringham and Cromer on the Norfolk coast.
The neighbourhood: From the north side of the church, between it and the sea, can be seen a largish caravan site.
The cast: Rev. Canon Paul Atkins.
What was the name of the service?
"The Marriage of Katharine and Edward."
How full was the building?
The nave was nearly full with others in the north and south aisles. Approximately 80 to 90 in all.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
I was handed the marriage leaflet and that was all. (I attended because the couple were known to my family.)
Was your pew comfortable?
No, there was a hard plank across the back, which bounced every time someone moved.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
Expectant with quiet chatter the bride was over 10 minutes late.
What were the exact opening words of the service?
"Welcome to everyone..."
What books did the congregation use during the service?
Just the marriage leaflet.
What musical instruments were played?
Did anything distract you?
The very uncomfortable pew.
Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?
Pleasantly cheerful. The choir, who were the bride's friends, sang two short pieces. Readings were done by other friends and a love poem read by one who burst into tears. There was an Irish blessing from another friend and three hymns.