World-wide message of peace from Honiton

Peace pole to be erected on United Nations Day.

A world-wide message of peace will be proclaimed at Honiton later this month in languages from around the globe.

As part of the town’s first United Nations Day celebrations on Sunday October 24 organisers will also be putting up a special Peace Pole.

Urging people to “let peace prevail” it will be planted at the entrance to the Baptist Church in the High Street at 1pm.

Afterwards the words of the Peace Prayer will be spoken in as many languages as possible, including English, French, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Polish and Cameroon.

Participants are invited to take along a picnic to share in the church after the ceremony.

The event is being organised by retired Methodist Minister Merfyn Temple – a long time peace campaigner, now in his nineties, who cycled around England reciting the prayer for peace when he was 65.

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Starting at Westminster Abbey his journey included stops at Hartland where he met Satish Kumar, the Jainist monk who brought the prayer to England, and London where he was welcomed back by the Dali Lamar.