Colin Parry delivers Roscoe Lecture
09 April 2009
Popular speaker attracts a 900-plus audience.
Award-winning peace campaigner Colin Parry delivered a Roscoe lecture enitled ‘Tyranny & Terrorism – how it will be defeated in Northern Ireland.'
The lecture outlined the three decades of troubles in the country and Colin's thoughts on how they will be eventually resolved.
Colin Parry has campaigned tirelessly for peace since the death of his 12-year-old son. Both Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball were killed when two IRA bombs exploded in Warrington on 20 March, 1993.
A year later Colin co-founded the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. The charity aims to enable people to lead more peaceful lives by helping them understand the nature and causes of conflict, as well as helping them come to terms with conflicts at home and around the world.
On the seventh anniversary of the bomb blast, the Foundation for Peace moved into a £3million purpose-built, state-of-the-art Peace Centre in Great Sankey, with HRH the Duchess of Kent and former Prime Minister John Major attending its opening. The centre provides conflict resolution programmes and activities which benefit children, young people, adults, schools and communities everywhere.
In 2004 Colin was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List and has received many other awards and accreditations including Rotary International's most prestigious award for 'World Understanding and Peace.' He has written widely on the subject of peace for national and regional media and was named Communicator of the Year by the British Association of Industrial Editors.
To download a MP3 file of the lecture, click here.