AN East Shields vicar got hot under the collar as his congregation discovered how to make delicious curry.
The Rev David Huntley invited chefs from Monsoon Indian Cuisine in Ocean Road to his church, St Lawrence the Martyr, in Prince Edward Road, Harton.
The congregation were shown how to create chicken bhuna before sampling some.
Mr Huntley said: “The event was a great success.
“We learned a lot about Indian cooking, different spices, and how to combine them to create great food.
“It was a fantastic meeting of two different communities.
“As always, food brings people together.”
The chefs also encouraged people to have a go at cooking, and answered questions on subjects ranging from spices to restaurant life.
Mr Huntley added: “We came away well fed, with a better understanding of Indian cooking, and some were even enticed to try it and enjoy it for the first time.”
On Sunday, the church will host an evening of hymns and praise in memory of Jimmy Grieves, who died last December.
New hymn books have been donated in his honour by his children, Dawn Hull and Mark Grieves, and the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, will also be in attendance.
Mr Huntley said: “Jimmy always described walking into St Lawrence’s as just like walking into heaven, which is exactly what he did on December 30 last year, when he died in church, prior to our carol service.
“He had a great love of music and a beautiful singing voice, having been in various choirs and operatic societies through his life.
“Therefore, we thank Dawn and Mark for this generous legacy in the name of their father, and look forward to welcoming them and all their family also on Sunday evening.”