Astronaut Tim Peake in Bradford for launch

Make sure you watch ITV Yorkshire tonight to see Tim Peake unveiling a new exhibition featuring his Soyuz Module TMA-19M spacecraft at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. We had the pleasure of filming him for ITV Calendar along with reporter Lisa Adlam.  If you can’t watch it live then visit the ITV Yorkshire blog to catch up.

TAKE THAT SURPRISE MANCHESTER CROWDS

Simon had the pleasure of travelling to Manchester Opera House to film the launch of the new musical ‘The Band’ based on the lives and career of local band Take That.  There was a surprise for the audience though, when Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald appeared on stage to participate in the launch.

The material was recorded with ITV’s Matt Price for shared content and was broadcast across several regional news programmes.  A few more photographs from the evening:

Greenham Common – 100 Years of War and Peace

Primetime cameras have been to Greenham Common, site of the famous Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp to provide live camera coverage of a theatrical performance for the Greenham Common Trust and Rosa Productions. The show took place on the original former RAF and USAAF airbase runway and attracted thousands of people interested in the local history.

From the Greenham Trust website: “Paola Dionisotti (RSC, National Theatre, Game of Thrones) led the volunteer and professional performers in an unique dramatic event involving music, mass choirs, dance, live painting, banner processions and re-enactors. The stories told covered the history of the last 100 years at Greenham, including the American arrival in WW2, the Uganda Asians flight from Idi Amin’s Uganda and their arrival at the Greenham airbase and of course the Cold War and peace protests that brought Greenham to international attention.”

There are events ongoing throughout September and October so please visit the Greenham Trust website to find out more.

FOOTBALL DUO RECEIVE CHANCELLOR’S MEDAL

Danny and Nicky Cowley, Manager and Assistant Manager of Lincoln City FC have joined hundreds of University of Lincoln students at their graduation today. Former Essex P.E. teachers, the pair quit their jobs to guide Lincoln City FC to the National League title and became the first non-league team to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for over 100 years. Since this remarkable event the club have been enjoying record attendances at home with increased tick sales.

They received the Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Lincoln in recognition of this amazing success, and for their contribution to the city of Lincoln.

In a Lincolnite interview, Danny said: “Myself and Nicky are very privileged to receive the Chancellor’s Medal. Since we’ve arrived at the club it’s been a pleasure to work closely with the University of Lincoln’s lecturers and students.”

SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON ON SOUTH YORKSHIRE

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.

NEW ERA FOR EAST KIRKBY

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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.

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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.