In November 2022 I conducted one of the free walks following the Lord Mayor’s Show.
At Fen Court I was saying [of St Mary Woolnoth church] “In the late 1700s the rector of the church was a man called John Newton. You may not know the name but may be familiar with a famous hymn which he wrote”.
At this point I noticed that a lady in my tour party was smiling, so I asked “Do you know what it is?”. When she said yes I said “Will you tell us?” to which she replied “I’ll do better than that, I’ll sing it”.
She had a beautiful voice and everybody joined in – I had the whole tour partly singing Amazing Grace!