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23/03/2017

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Ken Newell

Thanks, Steve. Love your piece. A friend of many years who was a prominent leader in Loyalist Paramilitary circles phoned me this morning to say that he watched Martin's funeral in Derry yesterday unfold with civic, political, Christian Church leaders and diplomats joining the tens of thousands at the Long Tower Church. 'An act of serious decommissioning took place in Derry yesterday', he said. 'The political, religious and cultural weapons that have dominated our minds and hearts for centuries were visibly destroyed in the warmth, generosity and inclusiveness of the occasion. Now is the time to bond together, rise above the divisions that have marred our diversity and push for a future together that has space for us all to form deep and lasting friendships that can transform our country.' My loyalist friend put into words my own scrambled thoughts of have been caught up in it all yesterday in the company of Dr John Dunlop. Your all-too-true poem made me want to share the experience with you. Shalom, Ken

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