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Bless this road

A PRIEST blessed the A3(M) near Portsmouth this Monday, at the request of Hampshire villagers wanting to thank God for the road's success in diverting heavy traffic away from their homes.

The road was completed in 1979 and, according to the Highways Agency, has dramatically reduced the number of vehicles travelling through the village of Horndean.

More than 60 representatives from the Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, and Baptist Churches gathered for the blessing ceremony which was carried out by Catholic priest Father Lawrence Flynn of nearby St Edmunds Church.

Horndean Churches Together secretary Renira Branscombe, described the ceremony. 'We all stopped by the bridge over the A3 at Portsdown Hill Road and Father Lawrence called people to stillness. Children from the village recited a prayer for the safety of people on the road and we all said 'thanks be to God'.'

Branscombe was unsure whether the whole A3 was blessed. 'We specifically blessed the stretch of motorway near Horndean, but if the A3 wanted to feel blessed all the way down that would be fine,' she said.

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