Published: March 23, 2011
Week-long Bible reading marathon to be held in Burnham-On-Sea

A week-long Bible reading marathon is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during May to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

The event at St Andrew's Church will be held between May 23rd-30th to celebrate the 1611 King James translation of the Bible.

"We'll be reading aloud the whole of the King James Bible during the week to mark this special occasion," St Andrew's vicar Rev Graham Witts, pictured, told

"55 volunteer readers have already come forward to help and we are seeking more members of the community to offer a half hour of their time to join us."

"This could involve reading for a 30 minutes period or sharing a reading with a friend to lighten the load. Ideally, we'd like 100-150 people in all."

Rev Witts said the readings would take place between 9am and 9pm each day, except on the Thursday when readings will continue throughout the night.

He said that a reading of all 1,150 chapters took place earlier this year during the Bath Literary Festival and lasted a combined 96 hours.

During the week, St Andrew's Church will also be holding an exhibition, a display of food recipes and typical dishes from 1611, plus a reading of Shakespeare's Tempest, which was also written in 1611.

Those interested in joining the event should call in at the church.


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