by Jonathan Petre THE RECRUITMENT of stewards .for the Pope's visit to Manchester next year has run into•difficulties. But the Anglican diocese has come to the rescue with an offer described by Bishop Thomas Holland of Salford as "generous and sporting".
The problem had arisen because some stewards will have to he on duty in places such as car parks where they will he unable to see the Pope. Not surprisingly, many Catholics have been deterred from offering their services because they want to see John Paul II in person.
But now the Rev Dick Gilpin, Anglican diocesan press officer, has offered to recruit stewards to serve in these areas. "There may be several ways in which we can help," he said. "Stewarding places such as car parks might be one way. so leaving our Catholic brethren to look after the areas Pope John Paul will visit."
As many as 10,000 men and women may be needed to act as stewards in Manchester, and already 2,0(X) have volunteered.
In other areas of the country the cost of policing the Pope's visit is causing headaches for local county councils; In Warwickshire. for example, extra policing will cost in the region of f5(X),000 and the council want the Government to help foot the bill.
Unless the Government makes special arrangements for the extra spending the county will have to cut sonic of its services by an equivalent sum, MrJ. P. Hunt, the County Treasurer, said re* el:idy.
In Warwickshire. the Pope is planning to say Mass at Coventry airport. Although the Church is to meet the cost of policing within the airport. local authorities
will have to provide the cost for the police operation outside, The Pope's tour organisers in this country, Mark McCormack's international management group have taken out a policy with insurance broker Willie Robertson. who also insures rock groups like Pink Floyd. This covers for the "non appearance" of the Pope.
"In insurance terms, it is really just the same as a rock and roll concert'', said Mr Robertson. "He is scheduled to give six openair Masses in various parts of the country. If he is unable to come the organisers stand to lose a great deal of money There will he lots of things specially manufactured for the occasion. momentoes that will he pretty near worthless if the event does not take place."
Sphere books have finalised a deal for two officially approved books to tie in with the Pope's visit to Britain. The first, with an introduction by Cardinal Hume, will he published two to three months before the visit. and the second. an official souvenir, will be rush-released shortly after the visit.
Another company to receive an official franchise. which entitles the holder to carry the official papal visit logo on their souvenirs, is the Royal Worcester Spode Group, which is manufacturing a porcelain loving-cup bearing a portrait of the Pope.