A mourner must have felt his cheeks burning after his phone went off during a funeral. But when the ringtone that echoed round the church was Staying Alive by the Bee Gees, it is fair to say he wished the earth could have swallowed him up.

Now Reverend Martin Morgan from St Margaret’s Church in Rottingdean has urged parishioners to make sure earthly communications are switched off while their thoughts turn to heavenly matters.

“It took a while before people realised what the song was and then fortunately most people found it quite funny. The culprit looked very embarrassed. I think they probably looked in the other direction and tried to pretend it wasn’t them. That’s what people usually do.”

Thanks to Andrew for sending in this story.


AH, HA, HA, HA, WHOOPS! — 6 Comments

  1. The story is funny, but the Photoshop with the balloon is downright hilarious. Sometimes the silliest jokes make me laugh out loud. There’s no accounting for it.

  2. This reminds me of my aunt’s funeral last year. During the commendation, someone in the back of the church had their phone go off and the ringtone was “Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood, it took them a while to get it shut off. I smiled because, well, that song pretty much described my aunt. Then during the dismissal the same phone went off, and her children started to laugh which caused quite a few folks in the church to start laughing. I don’t think that the Roman Catholic priest was too pleased with all of us.

  3. Too funny!

    At my funeral I want “bad to the bone” and “born to be wild” as the prelude. I expect a large crowd who want to be sure I am dead. 😉