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Terry Waite arrives unexpectedly in our prison for a poignant ceremony

By Peter Wayne   June 1999

We might be forgiven for assuming that Terry Waite would have had enough of prisons to last him several lifetimes. Not so, it seems. Last week he was here, in HM Prison in Middle England, to present a Butler Trust award to a “deserving member of staff.” Watching him bouncing around made me feel humble. We’re always carping about the minor inconveniences of serving a British prison sentence. Compared to Terry Waite, we’ve never had it so good.

Waite is a great bear of a man, hirsute and untidy, whose presence seems to command respect. He had honoured us with…

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