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The prisoner

August was early release month. At Stocken prison it took an unexpected form

By Peter Wayne   October 1996

The minister of Finkin Street Methodist Chapel, Grantham, is a truly Victorian character in the grand oratorical mode. One morning, early in August, he was waxing as long as ever. I was sitting at the organ console wondering whether my choice of Sullivan’s Brightly Gleams Our Wedding Morn as an introductory voluntary had been the most appropriate start to the day’s proceedings. Still, there were always the coffee and biscuits to come.

As the prayers came to a close, the back doors of the prison chapel flew open. “All inmates back to the wings immediately,” a security screw announced to…

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