|Police chief leads Wigan Mayor’s breakfast event
The chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at Wigan Town Hall on Thursday 21st March.
The Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Myra Whiteside, will host the event, which will be the third to be held in the borough.
She said: “The Prayer Breakfast is an excellent opportunity for councillors, business leaders and representatives from a range of Wigan-based organisations to meet up and be inspired by our guest speaker. This year I am delighted to be welcoming Sir Pater Fahy, who received a knighthood in the Queen's 2012 Birthday Honours List, for his services to policing.
“Hearing what motivates him and why he does what he does will give others insight and lead to discussion and debate. I hope people will then take ideas, and perhaps even new ways of thinking, back to their own organisations and communities.”
Representatives from Wigan and Leigh Pensioners Link and the Epiphany Trust will also give brief presentations at the event.
Prayer Breakfasts originated in the United States and are now held in parliaments and councils (or their equivalents) around the world. The biggest and most well-known is probably the Washington Prayer Breakfast, held the first week in January and always attended by the president. In fact, for a newly elected president, it is usually their first official engagement.
The idea for the event is about respecting those who serve the general public and Christians are called to pray for those in authority, although actual prayers are only a small part of the event today.
Previous speakers at the Wigan events have been Andy Hawthorne of the Message Trust in Manchester, and Mervyn Thomas from the human rights organisation, CSW.
The event opens for registration at 7.30am and runs from 8am until 9.30am.