“Many people don't come into the church building at all, and actually, if people come in and have a great time at a festival event, then who knows, maybe they'll come in for something else as well when we put it on.”
But some members of the congregation were not so open-minded. One person, E.V. Rose, said: “This is a house of God. Not a pub.”
Churchgoer Barry Lewis told the Daily Mail the move “desecrates the memory of those who died for their faith”.
“As a long-standing member of St Ia Church congregation I must protest in the strongest possible terms regarding the siting of a bar to sell beer close to the high altar and the most sacred parts of our church.
“For the current vicar to be photographed pulling pints wearing vestments usually worn when celebrating the Eucharist (Holy Communion) is simply intolerable. I know that many of the congregation will agree with my comments.”
St Ives September Festival runs from September 9 to 23. St Ia's Church is hosting live music most evenings.