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Best Of Belfast: Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast

Jan 2, 2023

Bill Allen (William Frank Allen) is an ex-prison officer who worked in the Crumlin Road Jail and Maze Prison at the height of the troubles.

In today’s episode, we talk about:

  • Growing up in London after WW2
  • Mars Bars coming off the ration
  • How he got into prison work
  • Physical courage
  • War hero and friend Ken Lewis
  • The Shankill Butchers
  • Why rough men keep the world safe
  • How a dog foiled a prison escape
  • His dislike of certainty
  • And 50-years of sobriety

This conversation is part of our Wild Wisdom mini-series in partnership with Sai Kelly where we talk with older men about what masculinity means to them, the experiences that shaped them and the hard-earned lessons they’ve picked up along the way.

Check it out.