Sunday is a day of rest and in one rural Lancashire community it was anything but. Regulars went to church where the local choir took part to add some character to the occasion and everything went well at the start up to the third hymn.
The choir was singing at full volume when all of a sudden everything went quiet and all members of the choir looked around at each other as did the congregation who seemed confused.
The next hymn went by normally but the one after that the same thing happened again and people were starting to wonder what was going on.
It turned out that each time there was dead silence, it was the word 'labour' in the hymn. All members of the choir are starting to get fed up with the UK's Labour government and thinking each of them were on their own decided not to sing the word 'labour' and in doing so with only one voice less it would probably go by unnoticed - but not when everyone in the choir went quiet.
Parishioners were concerned and it became evident that most residents in the village were fed up with this Labour government but kept their feelings to themselves. However it is now known that the village is anti Labour and the residents have asked the priest and vicar not to choose any hymns with the word 'labour' in because everyone in the choir will boycott the word if such a hymn is sung so it is best to avoid these hymns.
The Association of Choirs has asked all choirs in the country to refuse to sing hymns with the word 'labour' in until there has been a general election and Labour has been kicked out or at least if the word 'labour' crops up in any verses they are requested to remain silent for the word.
A spokesperson for the association said that they are disgusted with Gordon Brown and the mess that Tony Blair has done and "We must get ourselves heard by refusing to sing."