WORLD renown humanitarian and author, Terry Waite, has paid a visit to the British Ironworks Centre.

Mr Waite has travelled the world extensively promoting humanitarian ideals, and spent five years as a hostage in Beirut in the late 80s.

Despite his ordeal in Beirut, Mr Waite has continued his work and now works as the president of the National Eisteddfod, a position he has held for the last 13 years.

As part of work with the Eisteddfod, Mr Waite has visited the Ironworks Centre, and says he is a big supporter of the work that goes on there.

Speaking to the Advertizer, Mr Waite said: "[The Eisteddfod] brings people together. It brings young people together especially, which is really needed in today's world.

"Clive's Ironworks is a big supporter. Supporting him is the knife angel, which represents the horror of knife crime.

"I'm always impressed with the high standard here. It's a really creative and imaginative project, that brings people to Oswestry

The visit to the British Ironworks is a brief stop for Mr Waite, who devotes the majority of his time towards various humanitarian organisations.

"Most of the year I spend my time working with Hostage International, supporting the families of people being held hostage.

"Working with Emmaus for homeless people and Y Care, which helps young people and writing takes up most of my time."

Mr Waite will take up his presidential duties this weekend, to present the Pavarotti Trophy to the winner of the Choirs of the World competition at the Eisteddfod.

"There are 44 choirs from across the world," said Mr Waite. "There's some very good choirs, it's remarkable."