‘Big day’ as former Archbishop of Canterbury visits Wisbech

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

Youngsters in Fenland were able to meet with a former Archbishop of Canterbury when he visited Wisbech earlier this week.

Dr Rowan Williams met with teenagers from four schools in the area on Monday evening 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, 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 on to 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 earthquakes. 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.

The forum holds sessions in Rosmini Centre in Queens Road, Wisbech.

It aims to promote relations between different faiths in the town.

The forum holds meetings during the year and outings.