A WEST Norfolk rector spent part of Maundy Thursday shining shoes in what he felt would be a modern day act to mark the importance of the day.

Reverend Mark Capron polished shoes from 9am to 10.30am at the Co-op store in Dersingham and enjoyed chatting to staff and customers at the same time.

He said: “On Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus with his friends, the disciples, sharing the Last Supper kneeling before them and washing their feet.

“I wanted to do something to mark this important day and I felt shining people’s shoes would be the modern day equivalent of what Jesus did.

“There was a nice mix of ages and a number of people saw me and said it was Maundy Thursday and we got chatting.”

The rector of the Dersingham Benefice, which also covers Anmer, Ingoldisthorpe and Shernborne, thanked the Co-op for allowing him to use the store.

Odette Wood, the store’s deputy manager, said staff were pleased to host the “thought-provoking and innovation occasion”.

While at the store, Rev Capron judged a children’s Easter colouring competition.

“It was nice to be in the community and meet people,” said Rev Capron.