Town 'saves the whale' after London park ban

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 August 2014

Team members Allan Richards, Beth Lane, Hannah Franklin, Izzi Collman-Wood and Mary Deaves.

Team members Allan Richards, Beth Lane, Hannah Franklin, Izzi Collman-Wood and Mary Deaves.

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A GIANT inflatable whale has been based on Weston's beach this week after being banned from London's parks for being 'too religious'.

Jonah, inside the whale, with Josh, Cameron, Sam, Ellie and Laura.Jonah, inside the whale, with Josh, Cameron, Sam, Ellie and Laura.

The Bible Society bought the 50-foot whale to tell the story of Jonah along with an all-female circus troupe called Circo Rum Ba Ba.

The event was set to be held in London Royal Parks this summer but the whale was banned because it was seen to be ‘too religious’ and ‘might offend people’.

But Weston officials came to the rescue, and the event was held on the beach this week.

Rachel Rounds, head of media for the Bible Society, said: “The Royal Parks in London may have banned the Bible Society from telling the story of Jonah, but Weston has saved the whale.

Jonah, inside the whale, with Josh, Cameron, Sam, Ellie and Laura.Jonah, inside the whale, with Josh, Cameron, Sam, Ellie and Laura.

“Recent research for our Pass It On campaign showed that 59 per cent of children didn’t know the story of Jonah was from the Bible.

“So we want to encourage the next generation to engage with great Bible stories, and what better way than from inside a 50-foot inflatable whale told by a circus troupe?”

The Bible Society exists to encourage reading of the Bible, but does not promote any specific religious teaching.

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: “We’re pleased to be working with the 
Bible Society to bring 
their event to North 
Somerset. It will complement the diverse programme of events we’re already hosting.”

There will also be shows today (Thurs) on the beach by the Seaquarium at 3.30pm and 4pm.

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