Last night at around 7pm, Brian Pead drove to a small hamlet in Suffolk to meet Terence Hardy “Terry” Waite, CBE (born 31 May 1939), the English humanitarian and author.
Waite was the Assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs for the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, in the 1980s. As an envoy for the Church of England, he travelled to Lebanon to try to secure the release of four hostages, including the journalist John McCarthy. He was himself kidnapped and held captive from 1987 to 1991.
Mr Waite was not at home but Brian left a hand-written letter explaining about the human rights abuses of himself and his beloved family. Brian asked Mr Waite to call him to arrange a meeting as Brian would like the former illegally-held prisoner to represent him against HM Government. Both men have, in fact, been illegally-held prisoners.