Carol and John

played by Barbara Flynn and Matthew Kelly.

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A good family man with grown up children, John can be opinionated with a sharp tongue but his heart is in the right place.

He likes to banter and have a good rant but also has a sense of fun - a genuinely good man who is trying to do the right thing. When the Shrine appears outside his house, John feels for the widow Sarah but struggles to understand why her grief must be played out in public.


More than a match for John, Carol is quick-witted yet kind and practical.

After working hard all their lives, she and John are looking towards retirement and downsizing. Carol has great empathy for Sarah, who brings out her mothering side, but when the shrine begins to affect her family, Carol’s instinct is to protect her own.