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Ron Gunnell

Ron and Sir David Suchet

Sir David and Lady Sheila Suchet

Ron and Nick Winton

Ron, Lea Salonga, Kaye Gunnell

Ron travels to England to invite Nick Winton to appear with the Tabernacle Choir at Christmas


Headline: Ron Gunnell hosts Christmas guest Artists, Sir David Suchet, Lady Sheila Suchet, Disney star Lea Salonga, and Nick Winton, son of Sir Nicholas Winton.
Broadway singer and actor Lea Salonga, who is the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from “Aladdin” and Fa Mulan for “Mulan” and “Mulan II,” Salonga won a Tony Award for her role in “Miss Saigon.” She has also won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards. For her portrayal of the Disney princesses, the Walt Disney Company bestowed her with the honor of “Disney Legend.” Salonga said during the announcement that it’s her first time performing with the Tabernacle Choir and it’s an experience she’s looking forward to.
Sir David Suchet, British stage, screen and television actor, best known for his role as Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian sleuth, Suchet played the engaging, suave, precise Hercule Poirot in 70 episodes of the “Poirot” television show for over 24 years. His acting career began at 16 when he became a member of the National Youth Theater. He studied for three years at the London academy of Music and Dramatic Art and began doing repertory work. In 1973, he became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company where he is an associate artist. Suchet has received many awards and nominations for his decades of work on stage. In 2011, Queen Elizabeth awarded him Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 2020 Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama and charity.
Suchet proceeded to tell the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, an English stockbroker who worked tirelessly in the months before World War II to save endangered children from Nazioccupied Czechoslovakia by securing visas, finding host families, and raising funds to ensure each child had the necessary money to guarantee passage to England — a sum that today equates to $4,000 U.S. dollars. Suchet shared how parents hid their grief as they embraced their children and sent them away to safety, uncertain if they would ever be reunited. “Parents waved goodbye, pleading for the strength that only God could provide,” Suchet said. In total, the 29-year-old Winton helped orchestrate the safe passage of 669 children.
Winton’s only record of this effort was a scrapbook, Suchet said, brimming with pages that listed the names of children and diplomatic correspondents. As the years went on, Winton married and had three children, and rarely spoke of his rescue work — not even to his family. But when his wife uncovered the scrapbook nine months before his 80th birthday, Winton’s humanitarian work Following a lengthy standing ovation for his narration, Suchet then revealed to the audience that the son of Winton, Nicholas Winton Jr., was in attendance and invited him onstage. With emotion, Winton Jr. talked about how his father believed in “active goodness,” actively doing things to help others. “He spent most of his very long life helping to make the world a better place, and loved doing it,” Winton Jr. said. “And that to me is the essence of the Christmas spirit.”

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