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Monthly arts column

In case you hadn’t realised, the end of March saw the official anniversary of the passing of the Act of Parliament that ended the slave trade in Britain. The release in the UK of the film Amazing Grace that tells the story of William Wilberforce has by now been widely reviewed and commented on, particularly in the Christian press. So isn’t it a little past the event to be still talking about it?

Eleanor Margesson

Perhaps not when the crusade behind the film is to engrain our memories with a story that we should never forget. The story of the end of institutionally led exploitation and the perseverance of individuals who had the vision and opportunity to do something about it. It is also the story of the Christian faith echoed by John Newton, who in his old age remembered only two things; ‘That I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great saviour’.