Tuesday, 9 May 2017
677 Billy Graham at Aston Villa
First viewed : 10 August 1984
In the summer of 1984 I saw posters appearing advertising the visit of this guy to the UK. I had never actually heard of him before - not too surprising as he wasn't going to be trumpeted in the Catholic education system - but got to understand that he was the granddaddy of US evangelists and therefore an important cultural figure.
BBC Two broadcast highlights of one of his prayer meetings at Villa Park, Birmingham. I was watching something else that night but did turn over to catch the last few minutes out of curiosity. Unfortunately, that meant I didn't catch any of his speech just the invitation to come onto the pitch ( this was pre-Hillsborough remember ) and declare faith in Jesus prompting the most well-mannered pitch invasion in the ground's history.
Billy seems in no hurry to actually meet his Maker and is still alive at the time of wrting aged 98.