Church bids farewell to Ascension torchbearer…

One of Ascension Island’s most dedicated churchgoers made a surprise confession at his last service on the island, before heading off to retirement on St Helena.

Wilson Scipio was saying farewell to the congregation at St Mary’s Church after 46 years of living and working on Ascension.

Father Christopher Brown tells on The Islander news website how Wilson was revered for his warmth and kindness. ‘There are many on the island who will have special memories of Wilson but on Sunday, the congregation heard how it was Wilson and his brother who set fire to the General’s house which once stood near the guns on the hill. Wilson quickly assured us that he had permission to do this!’

Read Father Brown’s full report here.

(Workers on Ascension do not have a right of abode; when they no longer have a job on the island, they must leave).

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