A spokesman for the Cotswold Morris Dancers has reacted angrily to news that the dancers will not be playing any part in the liturgical 'fun 'n' games' at Hyde Park preceeding Benediction in the presence of the Holy Father.
"I don't understand it. We're still in shock from our omission. We've been training for the event for a long time, knowing that Eccleston Square would allow Hyde Park to become a liturgical circus and they've pulled the plug on us. They've got the Irish, the Poles, the Gypsies. What about us? Is it just because we're English? Well, that's just typical of this country!"
A spokesman for the Bishops Conference was not forthcoming and Eccleston Square refused to comment on the report.