hostage Terry Waite and Bishop are welcomed to Burnham
Middle East hostage Terry
Waite visited Burnham-On-Sea this week where he told churchgoers
and school pupils about his 1,763 days in captivity in the Lebanon.
than 400 people gathered in Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church
on Wednesday to hear him movingly
recall his experience, which included a talk about the mock execution of his
emphasised the current need to keep negotiations alive where possible
in the crisis spots of the world.
On Thursday, Terry led an assembly at St Andrew's School, and
then went to St Andrew's Church to join in a service led by the
Bishop of Bath & Wells, the Rt. Revd Peter Hancock.
present congregation was thanked and challenged about their role
as Christians in Burnham. Members of the U3A and St Andrew's School
also took part.
Following the service the Bishop and Terry cut a special cake,
pictured above, marking the 700th anniversary of the Church.
Bishop then walked along the seafront to the BARB hovercraft station,
accompanied by the Vicar of Burnham, Rev'd Graham Witts, where
they met crewmembers and heard about the charity's work.
Witts said: "This has been a wonderful day in the life of
St Andrew's and reminded us of the wider issues of the world and
our response to it as Christians. We were grateful to Bishop Peter
to spend so much time with us in order to understand some of the
issues of Burnham."
Andrew's School headteacher Graham Morris, pictured right with
Terry Waite, added: "We welcomed Terry Waite to the school,
where he led an assembly to the school community and shared a
short story about his time as a hostage, informing us that he
missed books a great deal while he was held in isolation."
were all thrilled by his visit and it was an honour to have him
as our guest."
the school house captains and myself joined Terry at St Andrews
Church in a service celebrating its 700th anniversary. It was
a special and memorable morning in the life of our school."
of Terry Waite's book - a novel set on a cruise liner - are available
from the Vicar by contacting him on 01278 782991 during the next