BY DAVID V BARRETT
AN IRISH bookmaker is spon soring a confessional in a church in Newmarket, the home of British horse racing.
Paddy Power has paid £10,000 to Our Lady and St Etheldreda church for the confessional box, which has green curtains with the company’s name and the words “Sin Bin”.
Jockey Frankie Dettori, pictured ried in the church, performed the official opening ceremony last week. Parish priest Fr Michael Griffin said a parishioner suggested racing sponsorship for the confessional because of the church’s horse-racing connections.
A spokesman for Paddy Power said that he hoped confessing sins in a bookmaker’s box would become a tradition for punters.