Prior's Field September 2018

BBC Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner OBE, Visits Dauntsey’s

Published Thursday 7th of March 2019 01:35:01 PM

Dauntsey’s has recently welcomed the BBC’s Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner OBE to the School when he presented a lecture to a group of some 900 pupils, staff and members of the local community. Frank gave a unique insight into the Middle East, demonstrating his passion for the region’s culture, his love of the Arabic language and his admiration for the people living there. During the lecture, Frank spoke about the trauma of losing the use of his legs following an attack from members of Al-Qaeda. Despite experiencing initial feelings of betrayal from receiving a ‘belly full of bullets’ in a region where he had concentrated much of his time and understanding, he does not hold any ill will towards the Muslim community. His ability to isolate this horrific experience from the otherwise welcoming Arab community was inspiring for the audience to hear. One of the pupils who attended the lecture said; “Frank’s lecture was extremely helpful for those of us hoping to pursue a career in Journalism. It was humbling to be shown exclusive footage of his work as we watched clips of his hands-on approach in field work as well as his skiing adventures. “As a banker turned broadcaster, Frank gave us advice on how to break down barriers in the increasingly crowded world of Journalism. He gave us confidence to believe that entering the field is easier now than ever before thanks to the potential of using mobile phones and new media platforms.” Notes to Editors: The Mercers’ Lectures are named in recognition of the links between Dauntsey’s and the Mercers’ Company, which go back to Mercer founder Alderman William Dauntesey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, who founded the School in West Lavington in 1542. For further information about Dauntsey’s School, go to www.dauntseys.org or follow us on Twitter at Dauntsey’s@DauntseysSchool. ENDS
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