Ex-gangster visits Abbeylara

John Pridmore (45) has dedicated the last 15 years of his life to bringing a message of hope and love to young people throughout the world. It is a message born from one man’s journey through a broken home, turbulent teenage years and a progression into the high level London gangland.

John Pridmore (45) has dedicated the last 15 years of his life to bringing a message of hope and love to young people throughout the world. It is a message born from one man’s journey through a broken home, turbulent teenage years and a progression into the high level London gangland.

Born in the East End of London, John’s life took a rocky path from an early age.

“I arrived home at the age of 10 and both my parents were sitting in the living room. I was told that I had to choose who I wanted to live with. I think it was at that moment that I shut down on love,” said John speaking to the Longford Leader. “My mother had a nervous breakdown after that and she was taken away. I was left with no mother and my father remarried.”

By the age of 13 John started stealing to get attention and by 15 years of age he was put into a detention centre. At 19 years of age, John’s continued criminal activity brought him a prison sentence and during his time inside he spent 23 hours in solitary confinement.

“It was the first time I spent time with myself,” he said. “When I came out I was really angry and bitter and I thought to myself ‘What you want from life, you take’,” he said.

From this point onward, John dedicated the next 10 years of his life to participating in London’s gangland.

“I started working for them and then I was working with them. It was organised crime in drugs etc. I slowly got the power and the reputation that I thought would fulfill me. I had the penthouse, the sportscar, the girls,” he said.

Life changed for John when one night in a night club in London he tried to impress other gangsters by hitting a man. John thought he had killed him.

“It triggered something. I became aware of a voice speaking through my heart and that voice was the voice of God. I said my first prayer ever and in that moment I felt the best buzz that I ever got,” he said.

Following John’s change of perspective, he began to commit his life to spreading his message throughout the world. In doing so, he has written three books; ‘From Gangland to Promised Land’, ‘Gangster’s Guide to God’ and ‘Journey to Freedom’. He also met with Mother Theresa who taught him about the importance of teaching the youth.

“She said ‘If we give the young people the truth, they always have the choice to choose the truth,” said John.

John’s message will be conveyed by him at Abbeylara and Carra from Monday May 2 to Friday May 6. Evening sessions 7.30pm Monday to Friday at Abbeylara. Morning sessions Monday 11am Abbeylara, Tuesday to Thursday 7.30am Abbeylara, and 9.30am Carra.

For further information about John Pridmore visit: www.johnpridmore.com