The Good Conductor

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In this special talk, the author and former social worker Bernard Hare tells of the train conductor he met on a journey home when he was twenty three.

He was desperate to get home to see his mother in hospital but was due to miss the connecting train home.

The conductor broke the rules and ensured that Bernard made his connection - and on the way passed on a valuable motto which Bernard has adopted in his own life.

Bernard Hae was born in Leeds in 1958 to a mining family.

He became a social worker, but was disillusioned by the system after the miners' strike.

He is now an author and describes himself as an 'unofficial freelance social worker' in his spare time, when he regularly passes on the conductor's message.

Producer: Charlotte Pritchard.

The writer Bernard Hare tells a moving tale of the power of human compassion.

Bernard Hare, former social worker and author of the cult classic "Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew" tells a moving tale of the power of human compassion.

He recounts a story from his younger years, of a night when he was desperate to get from London to his home town of Leeds to see his mother on her deathbed.

He had no money, and the train schedule meant it looked like he could not get home in time.

Then came the saintly intervention of the man Bernard calls "The Good Conductor."

The story, and the lesson taught by The Good Conductor, is one that Bernard himself regularly tells to the young people he cares for as an unofficial social worker: "Pass it down the line."