St Paul’s chapel, a popular wedding venue in the Greek island of Rhodes, will no longer allow foreign couple to get married there because of the lewd antics of a British couple.
According to the Telegraph, newlyweds Carly and Matthew Lunn posted a simulated fellatio photograph on Facebook, where it was quickly went viral. This prompted a bishop on the island to declare the church out of bounds to foreigners.
Community leader Giorgos Eleftheriou, who performed the wedding ceremony, said:
We are Greek and we cherish our traditions and the sanctity of our religious sites. We cannot allow this disgusting behaviour to prevail.
Shame on those two for the damage they have done. Would they have done the same in their homeland; in front of a British chapel, a Jewish temple, a Muslim mosque?
I have hundreds of soon-to-be brides from Britain and all over the world calling me today in tears because of this decision. It’s a huge damper on our society here. We are one of the most famous wedding destinations in the world and we are booked solid through to 2021.
After the photograph spread through the British press, it was shown on Greek television and in their newspapers.
A local resident said:
Even though it was a simulated act they felt it defiled the church. The situation was really that the local priest and church and the mayor had no choice but to say that there will be no further weddings – 99 per cent of the weddings are British.
People are outraged and talking about suing the couple involved. They want the couple to publicly apologise to Rhodes and particularly the church.
Mrs Lunn said when the photograph first spread:
According to this report, hundreds of British couples vented their fury at the couple. Suzanne Sparkles, 33, from Chorley in Lancashire, planned to get married to fiance Steve Arnold, 38, at St Paul’s chapel in Rhodes next May – at a cost of around £40,000. The couple, who have been together for three-and-a-half years, booked their big day on the Greek Isle two years ago
It was something we said we’d do for a joke. We expected a lot of laughs and jokes from people, but didn’t expect it to be as popular as it was. People back in England were commenting on it, the whole thing went mad.
Miss Sparkles said she and her guests are anxiously waiting for the ban to be overturned and pleaded with the authorities to not tar everyone with the same brush. She added:
Our wedding planner has told us that the mayor is going to make a final decision in seven to 10 days. It’s such an anxious wait for us because I don’t want to have to get married on a beach. We can’t change the location because we have spent so much money on it already.
Account manager Natalie Farrell, 32, from Coventry is also due to get married to Paul Veasey, at St Paul’s in Rhodes. She said:
Altogether the wedding going to cost around £10,000. I’ve given in to the fact that the ban is going to remain in place. I am trying to get my wedding planner to sort out another venue. When I first saw the picture I just thought it was so trashy and disrespectful – especially in a Catholic country.
Erm … for the record, Greece is not a Catholic country. Religion in Greece, according to Wikipedia:
Is dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church, which is within the larger communion of the Eastern Orthodox Church. It represented 90 oercent of the total population in 2015 and is constitutionally recognised as the “prevailing religion” of Greece.
Tow truck driver Matthew Lunn, 27, and 34-year-old shop worker Carly, from Birmingham, said they posed for the oicture to show their unique sense of humour. But his grandfather has failed to the see the funny side, saying “I’m disgusted.”
Hat tip: BarrieJohn