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Tourists disrupt funerals at Scottish cathedral by taking selfies near people grieving

St Magnus Cathedral

St Magnus Cathedral

Funerals are being disrupted at a famous Orkney church by selfie-seeking tourists.

St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is one of the biggest attractions in the islands – but it is also a functioning church and regularly hosts funeral and wedding services.

But now the cathedral’s minister and a prominent Orkney funeral director have been forced to intervene because of tourists snapping pictures.

The cathedral doors are locked during services – but congregations are regularly mobbed when they leave the building.

Mourners at a service last Friday found themselves surrounded by a large group of tourists taking photographs and video – while one visitor to the islands even tried to take a selfie.

The incident is far from isolated and before another funeral a group had to be stopped from trying to lift the lid off a coffin as it sat in the church before the service got underway.

Reverend Fraser Macnaughton said he found the situation “baffling” and said it was upsetting for the bereaved funeral parties.

• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.

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