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Letter: Rock band's hype not the Druid Rite.

Byline: EMMA RESTALL ORR and MARK GRAHAM

Sir, -Your article (Post, Jun 20) concerning events at the Custard Factory on the evening of the Summer Solstice, implied a connection between requests by the rock band, Inkubus Sukkubus, for a 'quiet area for fornication' and the celebratory Druid ritual performed by us earlier the same evening.

We wish to make it clear that we have no connections with Inkubus Sukkubus, whose request was made purely in the tradition of rock music's love of scandal and hype. The Druid ritual was entirely disconnected from it.

More seriously, your article also implied that our rite was 'condemned by the Church of England'. In fact, it was a spokesperson for the Birmingham Diocese alone whom your reporter approached and, having seen his comments, it is quite clear that it was the bands' request he condemned, not the Druid Rite.

In being so economical with thetruth, your article deeply upset many in the Pagan, Druid and Christian communities who work hard to promote inter-faith harmony whenever possible. We trust you will not be so blase in future.

EMMA RESTALL ORR Head, The Druid Network MARK GRAHAM Chief, The Charnwood Grove of Druids and Chair of the Loughborough Council of Faiths.
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Date:Jul 1, 2003
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