Archbishop Welby prays for suffering high streets

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury has lead prayers for the UK’s beleaguered high streets.

During a visit to the Diocese of Rochester, Justin Welby was joined by fellow worshippers outside a branch of bookmaker Coral in Chatham

His appeal comes against a backdrop of the retail sector facing serious challenges.

Canterbury has witnessed the closure of family firm Nason’s High Street department, regarded as a fixture of the city centre.

Poundworld closed after going out of business earlier in the year and Debenhams has announced it will axe a third of its stores, leaving the Canterbury outlet facing an uncertain future.

Mr Welby, who has been Archbishop of Canterbury for five years, said he had intended to criticise bookmakers when he stood for prayer outside one.

“People need a job,” he said. “But we want a fair and inclusive financial system where there is equity and fairness in the system.”



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