Nuns win drink fight

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The Sisters of the Community of St Peter have won a court crusade to stop alcohol being sold in their former convent, after praying to God for divine intervention. They claimed that if a drinks licence was granted at their former convent in Horbury, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, it would spoil the tranquillity of their new convent on the same site.

The dispute started after developer John Kirby bought the dilapidated convent for a nominal pounds 440 in 1993. The building had planning permission for a language school, bistro and bar, but the nuns believed it would be used for educational purposes alone.