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By Diogenes (articles ) | May 07, 2006

Creative alms solicitation in the U.K. Your Uncle Di is rooting for the spider.

A team Rector in Kent who has a fear of spiders is to let a live tarantula crawl on her hand -- in aid of a church development fund.

The Revd Marilyn Ilyas, Team Rector of Holy Trinity, South Chatham, is staging the "spider sit" tomorrow at 11 a.m. in St David's, Lordswood, one of the churches in the team. The tarantula, Beryl, will arrive with a member of the congregation, Dave Till, who will be dressed as Spiderman.

A self-confessed arachnophobe, Mrs Ilyas said on Tuesday that the idea came both to her and the churchwardens at St David's, after she announced that would do a sponsored event for the appeal. "Everyone was aware of my fear of spiders, and this seemed a good idea. But, of course, now it is near I am not so sure."

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - May. 11, 2006 1:49 PM ET USA

    Reality bites. "Along came a spider, who sat down beside her and then proceeded to pray."

  • Posted by: a son of Mary - May. 09, 2006 6:36 PM ET USA

    oohh this is so exciting, as well all know, the very extra right reverend marilyn is terribly fearful of spiders! surely this will make the news! this is really enough to cause a gag reflex....