Tuesday 11th July saw a visit to RAF Coningsby’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.  His visit marked the 60th anniversary of the ‘BBMF’, and he was joined by veterans from the Second World War and their families to enjoy a spectacular flying display from the station’s aircraft.  Prince William is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby and is believed to take a keen interest in the BBMF and it’s aircraft, following his time spent in Lincolnshire during his early officer training in the RAF.

ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar, along with our cameraman Simon White, went along to film the event and interview veterans and guests who joined the celebrations:

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We’re delighted to announce that Simon has won the highly coveted ITV News camera operator of the year, bronze award, for his work in 2016.  Camera operators from across the ITV regions were nominated, with just three winners receiving prizes during the ITV News awards ceremony on 8th July at London’s South Bank.  The judges complimented Simon on his varied showreel which featured material shot throughout the UK and across Europe.

It was a big night for all the ITV Yorkshire team, with several awards successes including two for Producer Mark Witty (pictured with Simon) and team including recognition for their coverage of the Ben Needham case.



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Primetime’s Simon had a privileged visit to Lords Cricket Ground in London this week.  The ‘home of cricket’ Lords is thought to be the most famous cricket ground in the world, so it was a great honour for ITV Calendar to visit to film the England team warming up and during net sessions.

They managed to speak with Yorkshire’s Joe Root – the newly appointed England Test Captain – and opposition captain South Africa’s Dean Elgar.  The visit was timed ahead of Joe Root’s debut as captain in the first of a four test series.

Here’s a few photographs from the visit, and to find out more be sure to watch ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar News:

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Primetime camera, Simon White, joined the ITV Yorkshire team to make history this weekend when ITV’s Calendar and BBC Look North joined forces to co-present their shows during the Great Get Together weekend, on the anniversary of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.  The weekend was planned by Jo’s husband Brendan Cox, who welcomed the initiative of the joint programmes which saw Christine Talbot lead with BBC’s Harry Gration, the first time in Calendar’s 49 year history.

“Jo was a big fan of both Look North and Calendar. You might say she had to be as an MP in the region! But she knew about the importance of communication and your programmes have been keeping Yorkshire informed for almost half a century. That you should come together in this way is very heart warming.” Brendan Cox [from ITV source]

The programmes were beamed live from Birstall Market Place, where one of the lead events was taking place.  June 16th will be one year to the day since Jo’s murder, and over 100,000 events are planned for the weekend 16-18th June, many of which are taking place within her home constituency of Batley and Spen.

To find out more about this event please visit the ITV Yorkshire website.

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18664380_10155410331119169_1755850755621284265_nSimon accompanied ITV Yorkshire’s John Shires to Sir Patrick Stewart’s home this week to chat about his hopes for his boyhood heroes, Huddersfield Town FC as they prepare to face Reading in a battle to make it to the Premiere League.

Huddersfield Town FC have been a great influence upon Sir Patrick since the first game he went to see aged 7 with his uncle.  His allegiance to his home town team hasn’t faltered even during his time living in California when he dutifully checked their results in the English papers he went out of his way to procure.

One of his greatest achievements was the invitation from the Club to be their President of the Academy which he accepted immediately.  When asked how he feels now that Premiere League promotion is within Huddersfield grasp, he replied:

“I try really hard not to think about it, because I know if I do I’ll start brooding, and I know that my brooding will turn negative eventually. Because that’s a way of protecting yourself, like when I go to an audition I always assume I’m not going to get the job… So I’m not thinking about it, but I’m extraordinarily excited”.

Simon was delighted to record this exclusive interview with such a great British actor, who’s passion for his club was fully evident.  You can watch the interview on ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar news blog here.


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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

You can read the full story here at the ITV website.

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