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Brief encounter: Justin Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury on his earliest memories, his favourite quotation—and Thomas the Tank Engine

By Justin Welby   November 2016

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What is the first news/historical event you can recall?

My earliest memory is of being taken to tea with Winston Churchill in 1961 by my mother—Churchill was her former boss. He was very old and he cried. And because he cried, I cried. And then we sat and had tea. The first historical event I can remember was seeing flags at half mast for President John F Kennedy.

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