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Mountbatten bomb survivor inspires school with poignant talk
A RELATIVE of The Queen who survived an IRA bomb attack that killed his grandfather Lord Mountbatten, gave an inspiring talk at a Salisbury school.
The Hon Timothy Knatchbull delivered an emotional lecture at Godolphin School in Milford Hill as part of the school’s Inspiring People series.
Mr Knatchbull, author of From A Clear Blue Sky – The Mountbatten Bomb, spoke eloquently of his childhood, his loving family and the devastating effect of the bomb which was planted on a boat in Ireland in 1979.
The explosion killed the 79-year-old Earl, along with Mr Knatchbull’s 14-year-old identical twin brother Nicky and Paul Maxwell, a local schoolboy earning pocket money working on the boat.
Mr Knatchbull’s 83-yearold grandmother also died of her wounds, while he lost an eye and his parents were badly injured.
Mr Knatchbull was thanked for giving such a moving talk, having impressed the audience with his sense of forgiveness.
The next event in the Inspiring People Series is the hosting of BBC4’s Any Questions on Friday, November 22. Tickets are available, at no charge, through boxoffice@godol phin.wilts.sch.uk.
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