Was this day in 1982 the greatest of your life?

They set out from every parish in the North East for a very special event in 1982. Were you one of them?

Wednesday, 12th June 2019, 3:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th June 2019, 6:17 pm
This Sunderland contingency was off to see the Pope in 1982.

Here’s a reminder of the day when a long-awaited reality came true for the many thousands of people who had waited to see Pope John Paul ll, the first Pontiff to visit Britain.

Among them was a contingency from St Benet’s which travelled in five coaches to see the Pope at York.

They heard him talk about events in the South Atlantic when he referred to ‘the heavy weight of pain and sorrow’ that families had to bear after the conflict between Britain and Argentina.

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Mark Swinney, 4, gets ready for his visit to see the Pope.

He talked of love and life and how he hoped husbands, wives and children should never have to surrender that.

Thousands packed onto the Knavesmire racecourse for the big occasion where the Pope also talked of dignity for women, education of children, and his concern for the growing number of divorces.

He appealed for families to be ‘communities of love’ and called on them to be ready to help the poor people in society.

“In this way you will build up your society in peace,for peace requires trust and trust is the child of love, and love comes to birth in the cradle of the family,” he added.

Members of St Benet's Church, Monkwearmouth, get ready for their trip to Knavesmire to see the Pope.

Who remembers the occasion and were you one of the huge contingency which travelled from Sunderland to York, incuding those from St Benet’s?

Get in touch with your memories of the 1982 event by emailing [email protected]

Sunderland visitors to see the Pope are waved off on their 1982 coach journey.