REV Richard Coles, the openly-gay musician from 1980s band The Communards who is now a Church of England vicar and professional broadcaster, came back to Stratford College this week.
The 50-year-old presenter of Radio 4’s Saturday Live studied Drama at what was known then as South Warwickshire College of Further Education, in the late 1970s between the ages of 16 and 18.
On Monday, the Parish Priest of Finedon, Northamptonshire, who has been on Have I Got News For You, told his his 38,000 followers on Twitter: “I am sitting in the cafeteria at Stratford College, where, thirty five years ago, I donned my first pair of black footless tights.”
The active Twitter personality has tweeted over 47,000 times, and on Tuesday revealed an interesting memory of his time in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Alongside a photo of Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried, he tweeted: “'Twas here I ate my first magic mushroom - Amnesty International sponsored sleepover 1979.”
The Communards had three top ten hits including the number 1 record and best-selling single of 1986, Don't Leave Me This Way.
Accompanying Jimmy Sommerville and Richard Coles on that track was former Kineton High School pupil, Sarah Jane Morris, who also studied Drama at Stratford College.
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