AS a vicar Reverend David Linaker is very familiar with the inside of a chapel.

But the raving reverend swapped religious buildings for a shift in one of Salisbury’s most popular nightspots when he spent the night working at the Chapel nightclub.

Despite its name, The Chapel nightclub on Milford Street isn’t normally a place where you’ll meet members of clergy. But revellers were amazed to see the vicar on the decks and pouring pints behind the bar.

Over the coming weeks Rev Linaker is working at businesses across the city as part of an unusual Lenten pledge.

He is Rector of St Thomas’s Church and also vice president and chaplain at Salisbury and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry. During Lent, he is offering a day’s free work to businesses which are members of the Chamber, including The Chapel.

“Just being there in my dog collar provoked some interesting questions. I had great fun and the clabbers showed me a really warm welcome,” he said.

“It was particularly interesting to do a Thursday night shift as that’s one of the busiest nights at the club.

“Some people think working at a night club is an odd thing for a vicar to do – but the Bible tells us this is exactly the sort of thing Jesus Christ did during his ministry. “I am also going to be working for MG Cannon a local car body repair firm, Safe Store a self storage company, the Salisbury Journal and Trinity Photography. I’m already discovering just how much I have to learn and just how much of that can help us be a better parish church."