Cameraman based in Edinburgh, employed by ITN, working for ITV's Good Morning Britain covering stories all over the UK and the world. War Zones, World Cups, Royal Tours and many other less exciting assignments, like interviewing current and ex Prime Ministers have kept me busy over the years working in Breakfast Television since GMTV came on the scene back in '93 and regional TV before that. In 2009 I began to record what it is like to work, the often strange and long hours needed to bring the hard news, human interest and fluffy fun to the UK's TV screens in the morning, mostly broadcasting live.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Policeman Bill Barker's Funeral

Friday 27th November 

I thought that Marcella was going to join me in Cockermouth but plans had changed.

I would be working with Elaine Wilcox in Egremont at the church where policeman Bill Barker’s funeral was going to be held.

Groggy with only three hours sleep Kevin and I navigated the winding roads from Cockermouth to Egremont.

It looked like there was going to be a bit of a parking issue outside the dark forbidding church. The council were busy getting cars moved and putting up barriers.

Luckily we had been given permission to broadcast from inside the church. 

Fred, the very helpful church warden’s husband arrived and allowed us in and extended the churches hospitality by keeping us supplied with coffee.

Sound Recordist Stephen Adjusts Elaine's Talkback.

Elaine In Position.

Our broadcasts were all pretty straight forward with only one tiny bit of stress wjhen a police sergeant came into the church saying that as far as he was aware no press were to be allowed inside the church.

Once we had assured him that we would be gone by just after 8 am he wenr away happy.

After we finished the last broadcast we got the gear out as quickly as we could to keep the church authorities and the police happy.

The Inside of the Beautiful Church.
The Outside Ready for the Expected Crowds.

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