A Shropshire company has been honoured by the visit of a world-renowned diplomat and humanitarian.

Terry Waite, President of Llangollen Eisteddfod, called in at the British Ironwork Centre en route to this year's event at Llangollen showground.

Mr. Waite, former special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, successfully negotiated the release of hostages from Iran and Libya and was himself held captive by terrorists in Beirut between 1987 and 1991.

Clive Knowles, British Ironwork Centre Chairman, had met with Mr Waite at last year's Eisteddfod and extended an invitation to visit the Oswestry-based venue for a personal tour.

During his visit, Mr Waite was able to see the Centre’s interactive workshops and talented craftspersons together with the spectacular sculptures on display.  He was particularly interested in the “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife” campaign to eliminate weapons from British streets and was delighted to give the project his wholehearted support.

Mr Knowles said “It was a real honour for us to welcome Mr Waite to the Centre and to Shropshire.  Our discussions have been extremely valuable and Mr Waite will be working with us on a number of forthcoming projects to achieve our shared aims. He has kindly agreed to host “An evening with Terry Waite”, a (fundraising?) event which will be held locally and to which we will personally invite Shropshire business people.”

“Amongst Mr Waite’s vast portfolio of charitable work is the Presidency of an organisation which enables young people to find work and education on an international scale.  We will be collaborating with the charity to bring young people from countries such as Uganda and Kenya to gain work experience at the British Ironwork Centre.”

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