A young Englishman has set tongues wagging as his pilgrimage to lick every Anglican cathedral in the UK looks set to take him north of the border into Scotland.

Last January Lawrence Edmonds was just another man sitting in a pub in his hometown of York. Now more than 40 stony licks later and he is preparing to check off the Scottish items on his list.

Lawrence said: "It was originally a bet my friend Adam made with another friend of ours, Dan. It was a cold January evening in 2011. There wasn't much going on. We were talking about bets and I asked how Dan was getting on and Adam said he had only done one, so I rather foolishly took it on. I've got until December 16 to finish them all. The forfeit is you've got to streak outside York Minster."