International hostel farewell evening

 Shalom - au revoir - do widzenia - good byes in more than twenty languages are taking place tonight (Friday) as Pax Christi's international hostel in London closes for another year. To mark the event, Catholic singer-songwriter Williem Vincent, guitarist Alan Ryan, Simon Gosling on percussion, Damian Peckham on keyboards and friends will be performing in a special free farewell concert in St Mary's hall, Falkland Road, Kentish Town, starting at 9.15 this evening. There is a bar. Up to 70 young people from all over the world have been staying at the hostel, based in the parish hall of Our Lady Help of Christians for the past month. Organiser Suzanne Skrimshire says this has been the most successful year yet. The centre was fully booked for most nights. Besides providing budget-priced accommodation for young people, this hostel-with-a-difference, run by the international Catholic peace movement each year, held a number of social activities, as well as talks and discussions. This year the theme was 'the Christian Peace Movement and the Media'. Several leading journalists and campaigners came to speak to guests. The hostel was featured on Premier radio and this Saturday is being covered in a feature by Ruth Gledhill in this Saturday's Times (Weekend At Your Service). For more information on Williem Vincent visit his website on

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