Re­union to re­mem­ber Turk­ish ad­ven­ture

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

AREUNION of young peo­ple who joined an in­trepid over­land trip to Turkey 50 years ago is set to take place.

The event will take place at Christ Church in Mac­cles­field on the an­niver­sary of the three week tour to bib­li­cal sites which saw the coaches they were trav­el­ling in broke down, one catch fire and the party nar­rowly miss a ma­jor earth­quake.

No­body came to any harm, but fam­i­lies back home were so wor­ried a ques­tion was asked in Par­lia­ment.

John Hay­den, who led the group as a young cu­rate at Christ Church in 1967, said: “Fifty years ago cross­ing the Aus­trian bor­der into for­mer Yu­goslavia and on into Turkey was driv­ing into an­other world.

“Very few roads were tar­mac and were in such a poor state that the coaches grad­u­ally col­lapsed, so both had to be scrapped”.

Now 76 and liv­ing in Hoylake on the Wir­ral, Bishop John Hay­den says mem­o­ries of the trip are still vivid: “It would be good to meet up af­ter all these years and dis­cover how such an ex­pe­ri­ence changed peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes”.

Fol­low­ing an ap­peal re­ported in the Mac­cles­field Ex­press group mem­bers made con­tact and The Roe-nais­sance Project of­fered to host the 50th an­niver­sary re­union at the church.

The Rt Rev Hay­den will show pho­to­graphs and mem­o­ra­bilia from 2-4pm on Satur­day, Septem­ber 9.

It is just one of the ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing in Mac­cles­field’s Ge­or­gian church as part of Her­itage Open Days.

Two other cler­gy­men from Christ Church will also be vis­it­ing and are look­ing for­ward to see- ing old faces.

Canon Brian Reeve was vicar from 1968 - 1974 and is now based in Stone. Robin Ha­zle­hurst was cu­rate from 1968 -1971 and now lives in Rams­bot­tom, Bury.

The church has not been used for reg­u­lar wor­ship for more than 30 years but re­mains conse- crated.

The build­ing is open to all on Satur­day 9th and Sun­day 10th Septem­ber as part of na­tional Her­itage Open Days and any­one con­nected with Christ Church in the 1960s and early 70s is par­tic­u­larly wel­come from 2-4pm on Satur­day. There is an An­i­mal Hunt and other free ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren (age 5+ years) with artist He­len Wright from 11am-3pm on Sun­day.

The Roe-nais­sance Project is work­ing to find a new life for Christ Church in part­ner­ship with The Churches Con­ser­va­tion Trust who care for the build­ing.

The re­union at Christ Church in Mac­cles­field is set to bring back to­gether peo­ple from the 1967 trip to Turkey

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