25 years since Billy Graham graced Carrow Road
2009: Exactly 25 years ago in June, American evangelist Dr Billy Graham
graced the hallowed turf of Carrow Road
(pictured right) drawing over 63,000 people to hear him proclaim the Christian gospel.
It was part of the major three-month 1984 Mission England crusade which saw over one million people hear the well-known American preacher in six football stadiums across the country also including Roker Park, Anfield, Villa Park, Ashton Gate and Portman Road.
From June 9 to 12, 1984, in Norwich, no less than 850 churches were involved, raising the £175,000 cost and providing 4,500 volunteers including 1,456 counsellors and a 1,745-strong choir plus administrators, youth leaders and stewards.
Almost 100,000 people responded to Billy's message, over the 12 weeks, including over 3,700 in Norwich.
Now, quarter-of-a-century on, a 25th anniversary celebration is being arranged at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday June 6 and organizers are appealing for people to come along and to tell them their stories or memories of the crusade.
Entitled 25 Years of God's Faithfulness, the celebration event will reflect back on those momentous events of a quarter-of-a-century ago, what happened afterwards and the on-going legacy today.
The event is aimed at people who supported or attended the mission and also for those who did not.
It will include an exhibition and videos as well as the chance to hear from people involved at the time and what it meant to them. Doors will open at 6.30pm for the exhibition, videos and for people to meet up and the main service will be from 7.30pm to 9pm.
Next week we will ask “Did Mission England change the region's spiritual climate and Christian community and what are the lasting legacies today?”
If you would like to get involved in helping to stage the celebration event, please contact Peter Carroll at email@example.com or on 07739 189288.