“Red the bible today? Orange you glad? Go in peace” is just one of the triple messages that drivers in the town of Tiverton may see on traffic lights, thanks to competition winner Jeremy Front, a parishioner of St Alfred’s church. His idea won joint first prize in a competition to promote Christianity in everyday life. In an ecumenical move, The Catholic Church of the Bleeding Heart will sponsor a traffic light that says: Red: Stop that or face Hell. Amber: You have been warned and Green: Go forth and multiply.
Joint winner Jane Theakstone from Norwich also combined a Christian idea with a travel theme. Her idea is to flood railway termini with flashmobs of happy hymn-singing ecumenicals to cheer up angry passengers facing long delays to their journeys, and to remind them that God loves them and station staff should be free of the threat of abuse or violence. She calls the idea “Stations of the Cross”.
Judges of the competition, led by Education Minister Michael Gove, congratulated the joint winners, but were openly critical of some of the entries. “One idea featured a kind of scone, stamped with a holy cross, to promote the Easter message. We found that trivial, tasteless and inappropriate,” said Mr Gove.