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Trading places

To see who could attract the larger congregation, the landlord of a village pub in Tur Langton, near Leicester, England, and an Anglican curate switched places on a Sunday.

The idea came after Curate Barbara Knight read that 100 years ago the village vicar and pub landlord watched to see how many people would go through either door on Sundays.

The number of worshipers quadrupled to 200 for pub landord Keith Banbury's sermon, which extolled the blessing and curse of alcohol. When the pub opened, Knight served. Who drew the most? "I think we both won," Knight said.


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