His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad,
Khalifa-tul Masih V and
I was in the company of very interesting and knowledgble people and an opportunity that would not come again. It was the very last day of the Olymics in London when I caught the train to Alton. Greeted at the station, and transported to Jalsa. Proceedings did not start till later in the day. There were many speeches before mine, all interesting of course. The huge tent filled and I suppose I was left to the very end. His Holiness took the central podium and the air became electric with anticipation - This is not good for the nerves. My host said just read the speech and take your time! (the best advice!) I was called. This is the speech I read:
|During the speech|
|Behind us is sitting the speakers who have spoken,|
This is clearer in the lower pictures
|On the right, against the wall are the speakers who made speeches|
throughout the afternoon. I was one of the later speakers.
It would be good to return, just to soak up the atmosphere. Much of the speech above is contained in the website.