Devon

Vicar Gavin Tyte wins Nativity Factor with beatbox entry

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Media captionMr Tyte's beatbox nativity video has had more than 57,000 views on YouTube

A Devon vicar who produced a beatbox version of the Nativity has won a national competition.

The Reverend Gavin Tyte's beatbox video has been watched more than 57,000 times on YouTube and was judged the winner of the Nativity Factor.

Mr Tyte, 40, the vicar of Uplyme Church, said he was "over the moon" to have won.

Beatboxing involves producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using the mouth, lips, tongue and voice.

On the church's website, he said: "What has been interesting is how The Beatbox Nativity has divided people.

"People seem to either love it or hate it. But then the gospel story has always been provocative, hasn't it."

Mr Tyte said he had received lots of "super" emails about his video and that it had been used in schools and churches.

Before being ordained seven years ago, he was a professional beatboxer and continues to use the technique in parts of his sermons.

Mr Tyte, who has been vicar of Uplyme for the past two years, describes how he produced the YouTube video on the Uplyme church website.

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