Gangster comes to Brighouse

Former London Gangster John Pridmore
Former London Gangster John Pridmore

A former gangster who went on to become a feared enforcer in the London underworld is set to speak in Brighouse about his life changing experience.

John Pridmore will be sharing his story of transformation at St Joseph’s Church, Martin Street, on Monday, September 9, at 7.30pm.

He served two prison sentences in his teens and the money he made for his life of crime brought him the classic gangster lifestyle of fast cars, designer suits and a string of beautiful women.

The 48-year-old underwent a dramatic life-changing experience after nearly killing a man outside a central London nightclub.

Since then he has travelled internationally speaking to over two million people and warning youngsters about the dangers of the gun and drug culture.

At 6ft 5ins with a shaved head Mr Pridmore looks more the hard man than motivational speaker, but he leaves a deep impact on the young people he meets.

As well as talking about his experiences from his bestselling biography ‘From Gangland to Promised Land’, he will also be discussing his latest edition ‘Journey to Freedom’ which delves into the theme of inner awareness and healing and speaks of his work helping young teenagers and ex gang members to become important members of society.

Mr Pridmore has also travelled to Los Angeles to meet Hollywood produce Paul Kelmenson, who worked on films ‘Ronin’ and ‘American History X’ to discuss his story of hope and bring it the big screen.

Last year alone he spoke in 16 countries including a two-month long tour in Australia and a visit to Liberia where he reached out to former children soldiers that had taken part in the bloody civil war that left thousands scarred by the violence and divided the country for over a decade.

He has just finished a tour reaching more than 7,000 young people in schools and prisons and has recently returned from Chicago and Florida after speaking at international conferences.