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Serbian Orthodox priest Father Jefrem Ratkovic was forced to apologise after he scheduled a wedding at the same time as a funeral in the central Serbian town of Ljig.

When bride Dragana Jovic, 23, arrived at the church dressed in white she found dozens of mourners dressed in black together with a coffin containing the body of local man Nemanja Petrovic, 86.

Both the brightly dressed wedding guests and the dark clothed mourners had started to take their places in the church by the time the priest arrived.

In the end he asked the mourners - and their coffin - to wait outside while he carried out the wedding and then the funeral was allowed to go ahead.

He told local media: "Double bookings can happen in anything, the Church is no different, I have apologised though and both sides were fine about it."

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