I'm just out of the Legends in your Lunchtime interview of Rev Ian Paisley by George Hook of Newstalk radio held here in NCI. The Kelly Theatre was packed (300+ people) and we were very well entertained by Big Ian and Hookie. I took the picture to the right of the two of them with my iPhone in the Atrium of the College just before the event.
Dr Paisley is now 83 years old and it is the first time I have ever seen him "in the flesh". While he looks like an old man, he carries himself well. He had his King James Bible with him at all times and referred to it a lot during the interview. In fact the interview was more about religion than politics. There is no doubt that Dr Paisley has an unshakeable faith in God and that He is the source of all things to Man. Dr Paisley comes across as a humble and modest man. He is also very funny and Hookie and he exchanged several bits of banter - notably about the "cannyness" of Ballymena people. He even offered to meet Hookie at the Pearly Gates whenever his time is up!
Overall - a very enjoyable event and I am glad I went along to see this true legend. You may not always have agreed with everything he said, but he is an inspiring figure and surely one of the most respected leaders in our time.