For some time London’s buses had carried the news “Billy’s Back!” The evangelist returned late June to Earls Court for a nine-day crusade, relayed to twenty-five closed-circuit TV centers throughout the country. There were also twenty-five closed-circuit TV centers and 150 hospitals. From the Channel Islands, just ten miles from the French coast, to Wick, at Scotland’s northern tip, audiences gathered in cinemas, auditoriums, a car park converted for the occasion, an ice stadium, and concert halls.
By the seventh night of this most comprehensive of British crusades, more than three-quarters of a million people had been reached. Recorded inquirers totaled 26,662 (nearly 8,000 came on a single evening)—the biggest proportionate response the evangelist has found anywhere in the world.
At Preston in northern England, a power failure plunged the hall into darkness just after the relay began. The local chairman preached in the dark. A few minutes before the appeal at Earls Court, the lighting was restored at Preston, and twenty-five people went forward there.
At Northampton, the cinema was not available for the TV relay one evening because it had booked earlier for a film show. Title: “The Way to Hell.” Graham promptly announced he would preach on the way to heaven.
At Plymouth in the west country, a couple driving to the relay center sustained minor injuries in an auto crash. They were taken to a hospital, where they heard the relay much more comfortably.
A breakfast given at the London Hilton for Graham by Sir Cyril and Lady Black drew a distinguished 350-strong gathering for the second successive year. The Members of Parliament, civic heads, industrialists, and leading churchmen (including the Apostolic Delegate) heard Graham refer ...1
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