Wisbech welcomes former Archbishop

Former archbishop of canterbury Rowan Williams at Boathouse Business Centre. Wisbech, ANL-150519-065221009

Former archbishop of canterbury Rowan Williams at Boathouse Business Centre. Wisbech, ANL-150519-065221009

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Youngsters in Fenland were able to meet with a former Archbishop of Canterbury when he visited Wisbech yesterday (Monday, May 18).

Dr Rowan Williams met with teenagers from four schools before holding an audience “spellbound” during a talk about his life.

Dr Williams visited the town to mark the 10th anniversary of the Wisbech Interfaith Forum.

Organiser of the event Sean Finlay was delighted with the response.

He said: “It was a big day for Wisbech.

“Everyone seemed very pleased and he had very receptive audience.

“The people of Wisbech were very grateful that such a busy man would come up to us.”

Dr Williams met with about 15 teenagers from Thomas Clarkson Academy, Wisbech Grammar School and Neale Wade Academy, and Downham Market Academy.

The group asked Dr Williams a host of questions during the 45 minute session in the Boathouse in Wisbech.

Youngsters were given a badge and certificate to mark the occasion.

Dr Williams also presented a long service certificate to Sue Beales, who has been big supporter of the Children in Need charity.

He then went onto speak to 80 people in the Boathouse on his personal journey.

Mr Finlay said: “He was able to hold us spellbound for 45 minutes.

“Rowan is very engaging and spoke about how he started as a Presbyterian in Wales before progressing into the Anglican church.”

The session also held a collection to help Christian Aid’s work in Nepal after the devastating earthquake. Dr Williams is chairman of the charity.

Dr Williams was elected as Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002 and stood down at the end of 2012.

He then took up the mastership of Magdalene College on January 1, 2013, where he remains.