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Honorary Day Set To Entice Tourists To Town

Thursday December 12 2013

Mary Lui Mary Lui

A DAY in honour of a Barnsley-born missionary could be held next year - to encourage tourists from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

James Hudson Taylor was born on May 21 and Chinese businesswoman Mary Lui - who has moved to Barnsley and is working with several organisations in an effort to boost tourism in the town - wants an annual day to be named after him.

Mary, who returned to Beijing last week for the Christmas holidays but plans to return to Barnsley in the new year, said: "We want to have James Hudson Taylor Day on May 21.

"I believe people will come from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and we could have lots of celebrations across the town that day.

"I've said many times that James Hudson Taylor is a hero in my nation. He came to China, learned the language and loved our people.

"I'm now doing the same for Barnsley and am enjoying my time here. I have rented an apartment in the town centre and I preached my first sermon in English at Gateway Church in New Lodge.

"There are already 50 people who I know will be coming for 2014 but the big celebrations will take place in 2015, which is the 150th anniversary of the launch of Hudson Taylor's organisation, China Inland Mission.

"May 21 of next year will just be a taster of what is planned for 2015 and we will be releasing more information in the coming weeks and months."

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Reply Posted by Barnsley truth on Friday December 13 2013 at 17:16
What? Why don't WAB research some of its stories before they spend waste bandwidth. If people honestly think that because we have a James Hudson Taylor day it will attract tourists from China, Hong Kong, and Tiawan has been supping a bit too much Huangjiu.

Reply Posted by bill on Monday December 16 2013 at 16:39
They don't do research at WAB they copy and paste any old rhubarb, same as Comical. Unless it's a gossip muck raking story then they are all over it.

The ridiculousness of this James Hudson Taylor claptrap gets peddled out every couple of months,

First it was turn arcade into china quarter, next it was a 24 hour chinese mall , then it was accomodation, all these are " we could do this" or "we could do that"

It's complete and utter rubbish and for some reason gets column inches.

Reply Posted by Anon on Monday December 16 2013 at 17:18
This is all plans that 'could' work if the Chinese invest. I am a very very close friend of this lady, and if someone like her doesn't promote the town like this, then where does things like money come from? Complain all you like when there's no money, but plans can be written as this plan is, I've seen it all wrote down and all the other plans; it's a way of trying to bring investment from a peoples history. The Chinese are mad about JHT, and so honorary day to bring them over does make sense and will bring money :-)

Reply Posted by bull anon on Monday December 16 2013 at 22:35
what a load of crap. we got enough take away joints thanks.that all there want!

Reply Posted by bill on Monday December 16 2013 at 22:02
Youve seen some plans wrote down, what on the back of a fag packet? Theres no substance to any of this, and for you to make a sweeping statement that 7 billion chinese are mad on james hudson taylor, a name that up to about 5 years ago was unheard of in barnsley is rubbish. Add to that the fact he was only born here and there are no historical sights hardly makes barnsley worth the 12 hour+ flight its just all a load of hot air and bunkum