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Legends of journalism discuss heroism and humanity

Husband and wife Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan are familiar and popular names in journalism.  Their careers have ranged across ITN, BBC’s Newsnight, Global TV and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Held in esteem and affection, they have seen and covered much between them and garnered many unexpected insights.

Now they are to discuss courage, cunning and compassion in the turbulence of war, bringing together the stories of 34 individuals, many untold until now as part of the Lit Up Festival in Beverley this Friday (20th October).

It’s a chance to hear a unique account of ordinary men and women who rose to the challenge of war with acts of great heroism and humanity; the logic-defying reactions of individuals who pushed the boundaries of love, bravery, suffering and terror beyond the imaginable.

Peter’s and Ann’s is an engaging and diverse scope and the tales they will recount include:

  • the courage of Edward Seagar who survived the Charge of the Light Brigade
  • the cunning of Krystyna Skarbek, quick-thinking spy and saboteur during the Second World War
  • the skullduggery of Benedict Arnold, who switched sides in the American War of Independence
  • the compassion of Magdalene de Lancey who tenderly nursed her dying husband at Waterloo
  • the incredible escape of John Bukleley and a handful of the crew of a Royal Navy warship wrecked on the wild coast of Chile
  • most recently: Ahmad Terkawi, a Syrian chemist who managed to escape from Homs with his family and survived a terrifying journey on foot, boat and bus to arrive in Sweden in 2015.

Peter, man of the most booming voice in history, was once foreign correspondent and anchored Newsnight for many years; whether you remember him from ITN News or Tomorrow’s World, his jovial enthusiasm is infectious – after all, it famously brought general elections to life, with help of his swingometer.  Ann is the great granddaughter of David Lloyd George, and worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation until 2013.

Event details: Friday 20 October, 7.30pm, Toll Gavel Church: Tickets £10 / £8 (conc.)