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Clergy couture to take to catwalk in Peterborough

Garments on show at the Christian Resources Exhibition
Image caption Clergy clothes can be bright and colourful

A Christian exhibition in Peterborough will feature a catwalk show for members of the clergy.

It forms part of the three-day Christian Resources Exhibition at the East of England Showground.

The Reverend Tim Yau, one of the models, said: "Often people have a stereotyped image of the clergy, but this can help to change those views."

The public exhibition, which comes to Peterborough for the first time this year, is on from 24 to 26 February.

The fashion show will feature the latest designs and styles in ecclesiastical clothing, all modelled by local ministers.

Mr Yau, an assistant curate at churches in Farcet and Hampton, admitted that the scope for fashionable garments was limited.

"It's not going to be high street fashion, but the clothes can be very bright and colourful, and that says a lot about the people who are wearing them," he said.

"It's a great opportunity to change the picture that people have in their minds. We can get out there, meet people, and just have a bit of fun."

'Centre of attention'

As well as clerical clothing, the 150 exhibitors will showcase the latest in church and ministry furnishings, audio and video systems, financial and charity advice, and leadership training.

There are also workshops, theatre productions and play areas for children.

Mr Yau, who will join six other ministers on the catwalk on 24 February, said: "I don't know what I'll be asked to model, but the robes we'll be wearing at the show are like visual aids.

"Often churches can be quite grey, cold and a bit drab. A bit of colour can really brighten up the proceedings.

"And once you put on your vestments, it doesn't matter what you're wearing underneath. It's not about you anymore. It's about your role.

"It's about you stepping aside and letting God be the centre of attention."

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