Simon has had the pleasure of meeting Sir Michael Parkinson this week, and along with ITV Calendar anchor Duncan Wood has been talking with him about his South Yorkshire home.  He grew up in the pit village of Cudworth near Barnsley and recalled a recent trip back to his home.  He expressed sadness at how parts of his home county are being left behind, and blamed the government for a lack of regeneration after the pit closures:

“I’m saddened by it all, I really am. Angry. They lost their jobs, the mines were closed. You can have a big debate about that. But what they did – or didn’t do – which was wrong, was they didn’t replace it with anything else. They become very sad, almost ghost towns.”

– Sir Michael Parkinson
You can watch the piece on the ITV Yorkshire Calendar News blog right now to find out more about Sir Michael’s interview.


Our cameras capturing the wing section being lifted from the low loaded, at East Kirkby Airfield

The Aviation Heritage Centre, at East Kirkby in Lincolnshire, has received delivery of a very rare new bird – Mosquito NFII HJ711.  The Mosquito has been lovingly rebuilt over the last 45 years by Tony Agar, who has moved it to East Kirkby to realise his dream to see it taxying under it’s own steam again.

Yesterday, our cameras caught this auspicious arrival and interviewed Andrew Panton, manager of the Aviation Heritage Centre, who confirmed this to be a new era for the Aviation Heritage Centre. He added:

“East Kirkby was originally home to the Lancaster, Dakota and Mosquito aircraft so having it here has completed our collection… I can’t wait to see 6 merlin engines running on our airfield simultaneously as these world war two icons taxy together for the first time.”

It’s a particularly poignant union, as Tony Agar bought the very first piece of this Mosquito (the cockpit section) at the same Blackpool auction attended by the late Fred Panton who intented to purchase Just Jane.  Andrew, Fred’s grandson, expressed how he believed that this development has a feeling of divine interventions.

The cockpit section of Tony Agar’s Mosquito HJ711

The aircraft will be available to view at next weekend’s air show (August 5th, 2017), before the rebuild commences in following weeks. Primetime will be there to document this remarkable event for inclusion in a forthcoming DVD, due October 2017. Watch this space!

To find out more about the Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby and their new addition please visit their news blog here.


Two archaeological sites in the centre of Sheffield have been opened to the press and public to give a snapshot into the city’s long industrial heritage of steel-making. The sites date from pre-1850 and will go on public display for the first time tomorrow.

A team from Wessex Archaeology has been working at the Hollis Croft site that will eventually form part of a Sheffield student development in the city.  Together with the previously excavated former Titanic Works, archaeologists have been able to piece together a more defined picture of Sheffield’s influential industrial past and provide hard evidence of the scale of steel manufacturing taking place in Sheffield.

Simon visited the site with ITV Yorkshire’s Adam Fowler today recording deep within the ancient corridors and chambers. The report can be seen on ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar news or via their blog.


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:


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.




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: