A protester landed himself in courtroom for raging at cathedral group of workers – as a result of they put a loopy golfing route within.

Michael Feeney grabbed visiting chaplain Margaret Moore and berated her concerning the “disgraceful” golfing route constructed within Rochester Cathedral, and shouted “this is not f***ing Disneyland.”

Michael Feeney, 67, leaving court after pleading guilty to two charges. Picture: SWNS

Michael Feeney, 67, leaving courtroom after pleading in charge to 2 fees. Image: SWNS


The 67-year-old, who sometimes prays at 13th Century cathedral, was once fuming {that a} unfastened nine-hole golfing route was once put in within the nave of the Norman-period Cathedral.

Feeney, from Rochester, Kent, ranted at group of workers and guests all through his epic meltdown.

He shouted: “This is not f***ing Disneyland, it is a f***ing Cathedral, it is a f***ing shame.”

About 40 guests together with youngsters have been within playing a novelty striking consultation when Cathedral employee Joseph Miller approached Feeney to look what the fuss was once about.

Joseph controlled to push him off sooner than the police arrived and arrested Feeney, who guests mentioned was once obviously inebriated.

The Kent cathedral is one of the around the nation that has been encouraging guests this summer time with bizarre tasks.

Feeney’s rant took place at round noon on August 3, every week after the miniature golfing route opened.

A remorseful Feeney pleaded in charge to riotous, violent or indecent behaviour in a churchyard and one rely of not unusual attack at at Medway Magistrates’ Court docket in Kent the day gone by (Tues).

His solicitor Ghulam Humayum mentioned that Feeney does now not describe himself as a churchgoer, however “he simply discovered that there was once one thing improper.”

Addressing magistrates, Feeney mentioned: “Can I simply say, I by no means hit any individual.

“I’m extraordinarily sorry, I’m extraordinarily ashamed about it. I’m seeking to be a pleasing particular person.

“I believe you’ll cross right down to Rochester Top Side road and they are going to discuss very well about me.

m now not in opposition to the cathedral in any respect. I am going there to wish occasionally.”

He was once passed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 prices.

The loopy golfing route closed remaining Sunday after 29,000 other folks picked up a membership within the Cathedral because it opened.

The bid had a knock-on impact on normal customer numbers, with an 85 in step with cent build up since remaining yr.

Rev Nathan Ward mentioned: “The reaction to the loopy golfing has been wonderful.

“It was once designed to have interaction native other folks, particularly households, and welcome them into their neighborhood area.”

He added: “The individuals who criticised the development almost definitely did not attend to enjoy it themselves.

“When any organisation does one thing new, some other folks to find it uncomfortable which is gloomy. However in truth, the reaction has been overwhelmingly certain.”



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