Patrons of Beccles Public Hall & Theatre - Martin Bell OBE
Martin Bell OBE is an author, journalist and politician and was appointed UNICEF Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies in 2001. Graduating from King’s College Cambridge with a 1st Class Honours Degree in English he joined the BBC in Norwich in 1962, eventually becoming diplomatic correspondent, chief Washington correspondent and Berlin correspondent. BBC and UNICEF assignments have included 102 countries and 18 wars.
He was wounded by mortar fire in Sarajevo in 1992. Martin left the BBC in April 1997 to stand as an Independent against the MP for Tatton, Neil Hamilton, winning with an 11,000 vote majority, the first elected Independent since 1951.
Martin has strong links with the Beccles area, having been born and brought up in Redisham where his father was author-farmer, Adrian Bell. We are extremely grateful to Martin for lending his support to our efforts to save Beccles Public Hall and for agreeing to become our second patron.