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Fife churchgoers attempt to read the Bible in a week

A bible in a church
Image caption The King James Bible took seven years to complete

A group of Fife parishioners have launched their bid to become the first in Scotland to read the entire Bible in a week.

Churchgoers at Largo and Newburn Parish Church, and Largo St David's, in Largo, are attempting to read all 66 books of the "word of God".

It comprises 1,189 chapters and more than 31,000 verses.

Although the feat has been achieved in a long weekend in England, it is the first such effort north of the Border.

The Largo churches' record attempt is part of their commemorations of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in the run up to Easter.

Minister Reverend John Murdoch reckons the marathon reading, which started at 0700 BST, will take more than 80 hours beginning each day at 7am and finishing "quite late" in the evenings.

The minister said: "This is a massive project and I very much hope that those taking part with us will enjoy reading the Bible from beginning to end."

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