‘It’s incredible what God has done for us and how he has provided for us after the blast,’ he says
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
PORT SUNLIGHT, UK (ANS – June 21, 2017) — Christopher Lee-Power, a British Christian actor, has played many dramatic roles in his life on the British stage and on TV, but nothing rivals the night when he nearly died in a massive blast some 12 weeks ago.
Award-winning Lee-Power, 48, who has played many roles, including on Britain’s most popular soap opera, Coronation Street, credits God for saving the lives of him and his family. “It’s incredible what God has done for us and how he has provided for us after the blast.”
The huge explosion that occurred on Saturday ,March 25th at 9.15 PM, close to his home in Port Sunlight, a model village and suburb in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, located between Lower Bebington and New Ferry, on the Wirral Peninsula, and seriously damaged the Power family home.
It also shook houses right across Merseyside and sent bricks and stones raining down in the immediate vicinity. Two people were seriously hurt and 31 others injured when several buildings collapsed in the blast.
Christopher Lee-Power said he had collapsed in shock after witnessing the devastation, and told the BBC that this had been the “most frightening experience” of his life.
More than 100 people, including Mr. Lee-Power, his wife Pauline, 46, and their 16-year-old son, were left with no clothing except what they were wearing, and began the search for temporary accommodation.
In an exclusive interview, he told ANS, “Our house was five doors away from the blast and I was in the living room at the time .All of a sudden there was a huge explosion and my front window blew in. Our cat ran from the room followed by myself. I was shocked. I ran outside and could hear people screaming and crying.
“I thought it was a bomb. People were pointing to a huge building that had collapsed. It used to be a dance school which was on top of a furniture shop. The dancers had been there a few hours before.
“I ran back in and knew that the best thing to do was phone for help as I knew that I needed to do something. I tried to phone my wife and son but, at first, I could not contact them but eventually was relieved to speak to them, but it was some time later when we were reunited.
“There were people knocking at my door to see if was okay. I was totally in shock. I was panicking, but I managed to phone our vicar from my church and asked him and the congregation to pray. Prayer is powerful.
“I was then told to grab what I could, which was my coat and phone, and I walked out of the front door to be confronted by something like out of a disaster film. It reminded me of a terrorist attack. I was shaking and in shock. I then slumped on the floor next to a lamp post. It was very emotional. A local church had set up an emergency hub for everyone. It was a great joy to see a community come together.
He went on to say, “If I would have got off the sofa a few moments earlier, then I would of been in a serious way [and possibly died]. We were helped with emergency shelter, which was my mum’s house and then my wife sister. On the third day we were offered a house to stay in whilst we were waiting to go back into our house. This belongs to some friends.”
Now police have arrested three men in connection with the blast, thought initially to be a gas explosion, and Mr. Lee-Power told ANS, “When the news broke regarding three men being arrested for the New Ferry Blast, I was overcome with emotion. I held my head down as I heard the news because I was crying.
“On that dreadful night, the blast devastated lives, homes and businesses. It was a night that looked like it was straight from the movies. As an actor, and throughout my life, I have watched many documentaries and films about disasters and explosions but I never believed for one moment I would be caught up in one.
“We are now rebuilding our lives It will take months before we can get back in to live as the damage was terrible.”
He said that the family now have temporary accommodation, but, but says, “I will never forget the night that changed our community. I still have flashbacks and there are times when I am walking past a shop or a house and suddenly I start to panic as I think that the window is going to blow out at me. It will take time, but I will hopefully one day be able to put this behind me and move forward.
“Many weeks ago, I visited our house and watched as most of our furniture and clothing were written off because of the damage. In the courtyard there are reminders of the horrible night such as glass and bricks from the explosion. The house is now empty and what was once a building now looked like something from a war film.
“Still, it is now ready to rise from the ashes and receive new life which I know will take months. Next week work will begin on rebuilding our house.”
He concluded by saying, “On the night of the blast, I had to leave everything in the house including clothing. and had my night clothes on. Our cat went missing, but thank God, four days later we found him. As I have said, it’s a memory that will stay with me, but like the Phoenix in the children’s story, ‘The Phoenix and the Magic Carpet,’ the Phoenix rises from the ashes and so will we.”
For more info on the blast please Google “New Ferry Explosion”.
If you would like to contact Christopher Lee-Power to offer help and encouragement, please call him in the UK at +44 (0) 7958 1920 28 or e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find out more about his career at https://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/9738-1271-3804.
Photo captions: 1) “God saved my life” — Christopher Lee-Power. 2) Emergency crews survey destruction of the explosion. 3) Aftermath of the blast. 4) Repairs begin after the explosion. 5) The outside of the home where Christopher Lee-Power and his family lived. 6) Norma and Dan Wooding.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, Alfred and Anne Wooding from Liverpool, now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 54 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He has a radio show and TV shows all based in Southern California, and has also authored some 45 books. While still living in the UK, he worked as a senior reporter for two of Britain’s largest circulation newspapers, and also did interviews for the BBC.
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