Image by Simon White
Image by Simon White

Our cameraman Simon had the pleasure of travelling aboard the Northern Belle at the weekend, on a special trip from Grimsby t0 Alnwick Castle where Harry Potter magic would be re-created for the charity When You Wish Upon a Star.

The journey began at the crack of dawn, when the steam train transported children with life threatening illnesses, their families, and Harry Potter look-a-likes on this memorable journey to the castle that featured as Hogwarts in many of the movies.

“All of the children are very, very deserving. They suffer from terminal or a life-threatening illness, so we like to do things where we can create a bit of magic and do something a bit different.”  – Joanne Heywood – When You Wish Upon a Star

Cameraman Simon White with Harry Potter Credit: Calendar

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Simon and Duncan broadcasting live to Good Morning Britain – Monday 9th May, 2016. (Images courtesy of Mark Witty).

Primetime cameraman Simon White has returned to Kos this week with ITV Yorkshire colleagues Mark Witty and Duncan Wood to document South Yorkshire Police’s relaunch of the Ben Needham’s investigation, nearly 25 years after his disappearance.

They arrived on the Greek island yesterday ahead of 10 British Police Officers, due Tuesday, who will be investigating ‘as if from scratch’. Detective Inspector Jon Cousins says he would like to remove the “myth and legend” surrounding this case and has already spoken on air to the Calendar News team – the first live broadcasts from the Needham’s Kos farmhouse residence appearing on Good Morning Britain this morning.

Detective Inspector Cousins speaking to ITV Calendar.

Ben’s Mum, Kerry, has been quoted in a Mirror article saying:  “I’m overjoyed that after all these years the Greek police are allowing British police to investigate.  I believe someone in Kos knows the answer. I just hope they end my nightmare.  I really feel Ben is alive and that someone in Greece knows where he is.  Like the police, I would appeal to the people of Kos to help end my pain.”

In January 2015 the Home Office awarded £700,000 to continue the hunt for Ben, and this will enable the officers to continue investigations until October this year; while in Kos they intend to interview witnesses and follow leads that have already been uncovered.

Mark Witty and Duncan Wood prepare a news edit for broadcast

This visit follows an internet appeal by DI Cousins to Kos’ expat community, and Kerry further urges witnesses to come forward stating: “They have nothing to fear from us. I just want to know what happened to my son.”

To find out the latest from Kos make sure you watch ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar news all this week, follow their news feed or visit our Twitter feed for the most current updates.

We would like to wish the team the very best of luck, and hope for positive results for Kerry and all Ben’s family.


Stay up to date with the latest news in our region by following the tweets of Primetime cameraman Simon White, as he travels around the county for ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar programme.

Filming at #Hulls North Bridge today for @mbillingtonitv report on @itvcalendar at 6 tonight, tune in to find out m…… Retweeted by Simon White

So incredibly sad. Where does it end? 😢 Retweeted by Simon White

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The end of my working day and get this beautiful display of colours, #Scarborough's coast, #weather #rainbow

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Just a quick little film of the spectacular #rainbow in #Scarborough at 16.33 today. Retweeted by Simon White

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We've had a good night in #Manchester with the #TakeThat boys filming their new musical The Band,watch…… Retweeted by Simon White

The end of two days on #GreenhamWP17 and the cast are reflecting on their performance, a truly brilliant show!…… Retweeted by Simon White

A very good performance tonight and the bonus was,No rain,pop along tomorrow for another night at… Retweeted by Simon White

Testing all the camera kit ready for #GreenhamWP17 live mix and stream!

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#GreenhamCommon is where all the action is this weekend!! Tents,Bras and people everywhere!! Retweeted by Simon White

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He was 1st to broadcast live from #Leeds #ITV and was on 1st night of #YTV thanks to #Parky for chatting to…… Retweeted by Simon White

Lincs Police's are showcasing their 4x4 vehicles, quad bikes and drones in a bid to combat rural crime, watch…… Retweeted by Simon White

Tune into @itvcalendar tonight at 6 to watch @duncanwooditv 1st of 3 interviews with the TV legend…… Retweeted by Simon White

Last night of August, the clouds are heavy with winter weather! #weather @JonMitchellITV @itvweather Retweeted by Simon White

@Swiz73 Cheeky, it's a storm cloud right over your house...


The worst tidal surge for 60 years hit the East coast recently. The Environment Agency said the North Sea tidal surge was one to be very concerned about, prompting emergency planners to attempt to evacuate up to 18,000 homes in Lincolnshire.  Boston seems to have seen some of the worst of the floods as water levels on the river Haven surged. Many roads were cut off and homes were flooded resulting in local residents taking shelter in the Princess Royal Sports Arena.  Primetime’s cameras were on site for Calendar News.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the East Coast floods, which deluged homes in Skegness, Mablethorpes and beyond. Today, residents of the East Coast awoke to flooded streets and homes reminiscent of those famous scenes from 1953.


Sheffield pensioner John Burkhill, resplendent in the wig which he is famous for

Yesterday evening the Pride of Britain Awards 2012 took place at Grosvenor House in London, honouring the brave and selfless people of Great Britain.

Calendar’s viewers voted Sheffield pensioner John Burkhill as their ‘Local Hero’. He is best known for his unusual style of fund raising – pushing a pram through the streets in a bright green wig! He has also run over 800 marathons and has raised £160,000 for McMillan Cancer Support. Unfortunately he just missed out on winning the Nation’s Local Hero Award, which went to Anne and Terry Panks, who have opened their own home to over 1,000 homeless men in 32 years. After the ceremony he commented: “We’re sorry we didn’t win for Yorkshire but it’s terrific, and I think Terry and Anne deserved to win. It was a great, great honour to be here.”

Jack Carroll with Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Mel C, plus funny-man Alan Carr

Primetime cameraman Simon White spent yesterday evening with Calendar’s Mark Witty and Dan Harris, and all the nominees and celebrities. Calendar had exclusive access and their material is being fed to all the ITV regional news programmes today.  Amongst those they interviewed was Yorkshire teenager Jack Carroll, who won the ‘Teenager of Courage’ Award. Flanked by the Spice Girls and Alan Carr, he was asked how he’d enjoyed it: “Mad really, really mental. You know, I’m adjusting slowly. It’s a bit mad, but it’s been good fun.” Pressed further about how the night had gone he added: “It’s not digging roads. It’s just me going ‘ooh aah’ and then everyone going ‘aaaah ooh’, and that’s basically the long and the short of it”, to which Alan Carr jovially retorted: “How’s that going to look written down in the paper?”.

Simon and Calendar's Dan Harris interview Nicola Scherzinger

The Calendar team recorded many stars of stage and screen including Robbie Williams, Ian McKellan, Amanda Holden, Jon Bon Jovi, Emma Bunton, Melanie C, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger, Myleene Klass, Lincolnshire X Factor star Ella Henderson and many more. But the real stars of the night are those that were being honoured with the awards, and the many more unsung heroes throughout Great Britain whose efforts go largely unnoticed.  For them, this programme is being aired tonight. We hope you tune in to celebrate their magnificent efforts.

Find out more by visiting the Calendar News blog for Pride of Britain 2012.  For more information about the Pride of Britain winners visit And make sure you tune in to ITV1 tonight at 8pm to watch – but if you miss it you can visit ITV Player online.