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9 March 2014
Colin Parry Visit
Peace Campaigner, Colin Parry spoke to a captivated audience at the Port Arcades Shopping Centre, on Friday evening (7th March), including the Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Councillor Bob Crompton. As part of the Ellesmere Port Arts Festival the Centre invited Colin to speak about the themes of Peace, Forgiveness and Reconciliation. The large main entrance to the Port Arcades Shopping Centre was transformed into an auditorium for the event, with staging, seating and lighting installed.

Colin, whose 12 year old son Tim was killed by an IRA bomb, along with three year old Jonathan Ball, in Warrington in 1993, was accompanied by his wife Wendy. He movingly reminisced about Tim’s sense of humour and charm, and talked openly about how being in the public gaze helped his grief, explaining that he took comfort in the thought of Tim becoming a symbol of peace. Colin explained how good eventually came from the evil of 20th March 1993, telling the visibly moved audience how he and his wife set up the Warrington Peace Centre to provide a safe space for people of all ages, regardless of their faith, race, politics, nationality, or any other excuse for injustice and violence, to learn how to live together in peace.

Colin went on to explain that the Centre and some of the projects they offer are now under threat because lottery funding has ended and they are not eligible for government funding. He shared his dream that if a premiership footballer donated just half a week’s wages the Centre could remain open for another year.

Les Lyon, Centre Manager at the Port Arcades Shopping Centre said “Anyone who has ever listened to Colin speak, or read his work on the subject will know he is a man of immense courage, to be able to find positivity in a situation of such extreme adversity.” Les added, “It was wonderful to see such see Civic leaders and young people from the community amongst the people who came to listen to Colin’s message, which really was a message for everyone.”

Susan Smith who was in the audience said, “I am so glad I went to hear Colin Parry speak. He is such a remarkable man. And let us not forget his wife who though not in the limelight must be someone of great courage.”

The evening finished with Colin answering a wide range of questions from members of the audience.
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2 March 2014
Colin Parry visit
Peace Campaigner, Colin Parry is appearing at the Port Arcades Shopping Centre, on Friday 7th March. As part of the Ellesmere Port Arts Festival the Centre invited Colin to speak about the themes of Peace, Forgiveness and Reconciliation.

Colin, who lost his 12 year old son Tim in an IRA bomb attack in Warrington in 1993, has been a tireless campaigner for peace ever since. The vision of Tim's parents Wendy and Colin Parry was to provide a safe space for people of all ages, regardless of their faith, race, politics, nationality, or any other excuse for injustice and violence, to learn how to live together in peace – and this came to fruition in March 2000 when the Peace Centre opened in Warrington.

Michelle Pickstock, speaking on behalf of the Port Arcades Shopping Centre said, “We are delighted that Colin has agreed to join us to celebrate the start of the Ellesmere Ports Art Festival. Colin’s strength and courage are an inspiration to us all.”

A limited number of tickets remain for the event which takes place on Friday 7th March at 6.45pm in. The event is free but ticket is strictly by admission only, and no tickets will be available on the evening. Please ring Michelle for more information on 0151 357 2118.
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