Former PM is guest speaker at Wells

FORMER Prime Minister Sir John Major will be the special guest speaker at an event marking the 30th anniversary of Wells Festival of Literature, on Monday 4th July.

It marks an important event in the lives of both the festival and Sir John, who succeeded Margaret Thatcher as leader of the Conservative Party.

In 1992, while a small band of book-lovers in Wells laid the foundations for the city’s first ever Festival of Literature, the then Prime Minister had weightier matters to tackle: he was “going to the country” for the first time and the signs were not good.

The Labour party, led by Neil Kinnock, was consistently ahead in the polls, but all predictions were upturned, and the 1992 general election was won, with the Conservatives receiving the highest number of popular votes in history.

As Prime Minister, Sir John Major surprised and confounded both the Opposition and critics within his party. During his premiership, from 1990 to 1997, he oversaw Britain’s longest period of continuous economic growth, and the beginning of the Northern Ireland peace process.

Sir John will refer to his book My Old Man, discussing the history of Music Hall, and the many characters who made it famous. The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A. The event is by invitation only.