A copy of the Gideon Bible will be retained for those who want it - but they will have to request it at the reception desk.

His argument is that the Bible is also full of references to sex and violence and that the best seller is a much easier read.

But local vicar The Rev Michael Woodcock has accused the hotel boss of cashing in on the EL James novel's runaway success. He said: "It is just a gimmick really.

"It is a shame that the Bible has been taken out.

"But I am sure it will be put back in the future. The more attention that is drawn to this the more bad publicity it gets."

He hit back at suggestions that the Bible contained as many sexual references as Fifty Shades of Grey.

"You can choose bits out of the Bible and take it out of context I suppose," he continued.