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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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?”.
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.