A vicar is giving away £100 to brides who turn up to his service on time.

A vicar gives away £100 to on-time brides

A vicar gives away £100 to on-time brides

Canon John Corbyn is fed up of having to wait around for the soon-to-be married ladies, who are clearly adopting the ''bride is always fashionable late'' motto, to arrive at the church and is now offering a wad of cash to those who make it within 10 minutes of their slot in a bid to encourage the girls to get a wiggle on.

Speaking to the Kent Messenger, Canon John - who carries out his services at the Holy Cross Church in Bearsted, Kent, and St Mary's Church in Thurnham - said: ''I wanted to show that I was taking my staff seriously because they weren't doing it for the money. I thought this is the way to do it. When you're talking about a bride being 20 minutes late that's half the time of the wedding ceremony. 'You can talk of up to two dozen people waiting for that time. How would they react if I were 20 minutes late?''

Canon John was inspired after seeing something similar in Kampala, Uganda.

He added: ''They do weddings on the hour every hour and even do several weddings at the same time. Hopefully it has had the desired affect but it was really more about showing that I was taking my staff seriously and as an expression of my concern.''