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Bishop John Davies shines shoes at Swansea market

Right Reverend Rev John Davies cleaning shoes in Swansea Market
Image caption Bishop John Davies spent two hours cleaning shoes near the market's Oxford Street entrance

The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon has run a shoe-shine service at Swansea market for Maundy Thursday.

The Thursday before Easter is acknowledged by Christians as the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.

The Right Reverend John Davies said he hoped to symbolically show shoppers the church was there to serve the needs of others.

He was also collecting donations for his Lent appeal.

His good causes are three charities nominated by clerics as they have connections with the diocese.

Bishop Davies said: "It's been pretty busy. Lots of people about. I thoroughly enjoy something like this.

"Maundy Thursday is the day when the Christian church remembers the Last Supper and Jesus sharing that final meal with his disciples.

"Then, after the meal was over, washing their feet as a sign that he was there to serve the needs of others and not sit back and have others serve him.

'Trigger a memory'

"That's what the church is there for, so this is a symbolic way of demonstrating something as simple as that.

"With the best will in the world Easter still means something to a lot of people - but the days before not always."

Swansea lord mayor Richard Lewis also took part.

Glenys Hall whose husband was having his shoes cleaned said: "It makes people who don't realise the true meaning of Easter stop and think 'what's going on?'

"Hopefully it will trigger a memory that yes - that's what Jesus did - he washed the feet of the disciples."

Bishop Davies offered the same service last year.

"This has become a special feature of the build-up to Easter in the city centre," he said.

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