North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb takes turn in the stocks

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb took a risk - and showed that he is a good sport - by taking a turn in the stocks at a village event at the weekend.

Mr Lamb, who was last week named the health minister in a government reshuffle, agreed to have a go in the pillory at Honing Parish Church's Village Days.

University student India Cottis was eager to pay her 50p to be the first to pelt Mr Lamb with sponges soaked in cold water.

Others taking a turn in the stocks included Honing rector the Rev Barry Furness, North Walsham councillor Paul Morse and vintage tractor club organiser David Garrett.

Mr Furness said it had been a 'very successful weekend of fun and fundraising'.

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He said: 'Norman quickly grasped the humour of the encounter. And the weekend was blessed with brilliant weather.'

He thanked those who took part, and said: 'It was great fun and importantly it was all about the community joining together to support their beautiful church.'

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