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Richard Coles tells The Oldie when he was mistaken for a Pet Shop Boy!

Blog | By Amelia Milne | Jun 12, 2024

Photo by Neil Spence Photography

Richard Coles said if his own CV turned up on his desk he would think 'it was the work of a fantasist!' Being in the Communades pop band in the 1980s, he was 'the most unlikely pop star of the decade', then a vicar and now a writer, writing 'cosy crime' and his latest book 'Murder at the Monastery'.

A couple of year ago, Richard was driving north, doing a church job and wearing his dog collar, on the M6 and stopped at the service station for a cup of tea.

Richard parked the car and typically, absentmindedly stepped right into the path of an oncoming car and the guy just missed Richard. Richard apologies through the window with his hands on his head and scarpered inside for the tea. The man entered the cafe and looked round and he approached Richard pointing. Richard thought he was in trouble and said, 'Look, I'm really sorry, I wasn't paying attention.' And the guy said 'it's you! You created the soundtrack of my youth. Some of the most memorable moments of my life happened with your records playing.'

Richard replied 'how lovely, thank you!'

The man went on, 'indeed, the woman who is now my wife, I met on the dance floor dancing to one of your records. I can't wait to tell her I've met one of the Pet Shop boys!'