Former addict to give talk

Barry Woodward
Barry Woodward

A formed addict is coming to Fraserburgh this weekend to tell his dramatic story of how he escaped the drugs underworld.

Barry Woodward – whose remarkable transformation is told in the book ‘Once an Addict’ – will speak at the town’s Solid Rock Café at 7pm on Friday, October 4.

Having left school at 16 with no qualifications, Barry was drawn into his local drug scene, which led to a brutal heroin addiction and life as a drugs supplier.

He was completely dependent on drugs for 14 years, during which time he spent a number of terms in prison.

His life turned around though following an amazing sequence of events, which saw him become a Christian and ordained as an Assemblies of God minister.

On Friday, Barry will tell his inspiring story at the Solid Rock at 8pm and the café’s manager, Paul Innes, is urging people to come along.

He said: “We’re really pleased to have Barry come visit us. This is a man who has been in the very depths of despair – addicted to drugs for 14 years – but who now lives an exciting, action-packed life, free from drugs.

“His story will encourage anybody, particularly those who are struggling with addictions, so we’d urge folks to come along for what is going to be a great night.”

For more information on the event or the work of the Solid Rock Café, please call Paul on 01346 515608 or email dolly.solidrock@gmail.com.

The Solid Rock Café has been at the very heart of Fraserburgh since the late 90s, hosting several talks. Most recently, they hosted former WWE wrestler Ted DiBiase. The outreach initiative provides desperately needed help for those battling addictions, as well as support for families, who often suffer greatly when loved ones become entangled in drugs.

Operating a host of services, including a drop-in centre and one-on-one appointments, the café’s dedicated team of staff and volunteers work hard at building relationships, offering assistance and providing counselling to those in
need.