Congratulations to Fr John Cooke (St Margaret Mary, Southampton) and Fr Chris Whelan (St John Bosco, Woodley) who helped raised over £12,000 for CAFOD at the brilliant Clergy Revue event which took place in Bristol on Friday 30 September!
The popular show returned to the theatre after an absence of some years. The Clergy who attended (30 priests and deacons from around the country and as far afield as the USA and the Philippines ) sang a medley of songs from the last 50 years, appeared as the Rat Pack, played the bagpipes expertly and danced Highland Flings as well as performing comedy sketches. The audience played their part by joining in enthusiastically at every opportunity.
Our collegue Tony Vassallo, CAFOD manager for the Clifton Diocese (where the event took place), said that it was “A fabulous show. A fantastic night of first class entertainment that was enjoyed by the performers and audience in equal measure. The cast of the Clergy Revue under the direction of Tish Nicoll and supported by a band of professional musicians, gave terrific performances and truly brought the house down.”
Over 1,700 attended the show!
Fr John, who took part for the fourth time, contributed to the event by leading a group of fellow clergy in a rendition of Queen’s Classic song “We will Rock You” and Robbie Williams’ song “Millennium”.
“I usually wake up singing Pslams but Friday morning I woke up singing Freddy Mercury! This was my fourth time in the show, it’s frightening but fun and there is a lot of talent among my fellow clergy. The bigger picture is that it’s all for a great cause and is much more than just putting a collection box round for CAFOD. You really feel you are sowing seeds for people you don’t know and won’t meet.”
Well done to everybody taking part – it must have been indeed a night to remember!