Letter: Return to hell?

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The Independent Online
From The Rev Derek Matten

Sir: Let the Church decide whether there is a hell or not; the question is, how to get there?

Any railway buff knows that, to reach the Kingdom of Heaven (Himmelreich station), one must take the Hell Valley Railway (Hollentalbahn) from Freiburg in Breisgau in south-west Germany.

I should know: I lived and worked for 12 years beyond both Heaven and hell, in Hinterzarten in the Black Forest. One might have had to go through hell to get there, but it was a heavenly place to be.

Yours faithfully,

Derek Matten

Ringmore, Devon

22 January