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Jowell visits hero Eric Liddell’s grave

Tessa Jowell, the UK Sports Minister who is in China on a fact-finding mission to help plan for London 2012, made a diversion yesterday to visit the grave of Scottish Olympic gold medallist Eric Liddell.

Ms Jowell travelled to the site at Weifang, where the athlete died in a Japanese internment camp in 1945, shortly before the end of the Second World War.

“I took flowers and placed them on his grave,” Ms Jowell told The Herald. “I also visited the museum which focuses on his life.

“There is a stone of Scottish granite at his grave. It is laid on Chinese stone. It’s simple and beautiful. It has a text from Isaiah (40:31): They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.’ “It was very moving to see how the grave has been kept, very carefully, with respect and affection. His name has been honoured.

“The Chinese are very proud of him. They see him as an extremely good man whose teaching was of great benefit to their children.”

Full story at The Herald.

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