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Bishop of Lynn to interview John McCarthy  

2014 - A highlight of this year’s Aylsham Wide Sky Festival in May will be a conversation between the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn and former Middle East captive John McCarthy. Tony Rothe reports.

Although highly regarded as a writer and broadcaster, John McCarthy is inevitably known as the man who survived one of the most gruelling of experiences – John was kidnapped in the Lebanon and held hostage for an unbelievable 1,934 days. John kept his dignity, and triumphed over sadistic bullies determined to destroy him mentally and physically. He won the respect of some of his captors. He has a unique and inspirational story about courage, survival and self-discovery, as Britain’s longest kidnap victim.
John is now an inspirational business speaker, and talks based on his experiences at the hands of terrorist kidnappers in the Lebanon consistently receive sensational critical acclaim and audience approval. The acclaimed broadcaster and author wins the respect of audiences who admire his lack of bitterness and marvel at the human lessons to be learned from his triumph over terrible adversity.
The interview with the Jonathan Meyrick is at 7.30pm on Friday May 23 in Aylsham Parish Church. Tickets are £10 per head, with Festival Club members paying £8 and under 18’s £5.  Box Office: 07796 519987.
This is part of the Aylsham Wide Sky Festival which runs from May 23 to 26, and aims to bring together Science, the Arts, Music and Literature in a special mix. The theme for this year's Festival is Going, Going, Gone, inspired the local Aylsham business Keys Auctioneers.
The ethos behind the festival is to involve local schools, businesses, churches, societies, library, as well as the local National Trust property Blickling Hall in events and activities which look at an aspect of Aylsham life.
As well as the interview with John McCarthy, this year’s programme includes :
The Canada Boys,
A Valuation Day with Keys auctioneers,
Flower Festival in Aylsham Church with the theme of 'PEACE',
Mark Thompson, astronomer,
A Quickplay Chess Tournament
A History Society Quiz
Slow Food Cafe
Dr Ken's Inspirational Science with his 'It's all done with mirrors!'
Looking at old (and not so old) photographs - An illustrated talk by Dr Bob Ward ARPS
For more information, visit http://www.aylshamfestival.co.uk

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