Thursday 9th January was just a normal day for the team members of Clifton (Village) Hand-Bell Ringers, until mid-morning, when the members of the team received a text message from Peter Fawcett, asking if would be possible for members to attend this evening’s practise in uniform, as he had a local reporter attending to take some photos.
Lunchtime came and another text again from Peter saying the reporter was coming from Look North and actually they were going to do some filming, not take some still photos and the reporter would hopefully be TV presenter Harry Gration from BBC’s Look North.
We all arrived in uniform at the Bell Room, and proceeded to set the Bells up in the Church its’ self rather than down in choir vestry as it would look much better if we were going to be on TV! The bells were set-up and talk came of if it would really be Harry of just a junior reporter. Peter assured us that he was told it would be Harry and so we warmed the Bells up and started a bit of a practise to try and work out which bots were going to play. One of the members originally wasn’t coming to the practise as they had a family party but they turned up.
Whilst we were working out what we were going to play, the camera man turned up and started un-packing his gear ready, and another comment came out across the table “If Harry Gration turns up I will eat that piano” we all chuckled and the comment helped everyone get focussed for the task ahead, whilst having a final run through you would never believe it, but Harry Gration walked in, and we all have a little chuckle based on the previous comment.
He introduced his self and the team were ready for the filming to take place. We quickly went through the pieces we had prepared and we made our choice. Harry wanted to be part of the ringing, so we filmed the last part of Teddy Bear’s picnic with Harry joining I on the last note! It went down very well, and then Harry proceeded to perform a couple of interviews with team members and then he left, as he had to be back in Leeds to present again later that evening.
The cameraman took some arty shots, of close-ups of the bells, and team members whilst we played through the last few bars of Pirates of the Caribbean, after about 30 mins and about 10 times he had all the footage he needed, and he explained that the piece should be run on tomorrow (Friday’s) evening edition of Look North.
Friday came, and the piece was actually ready and it ran on the Lunch Time edition first which aired on the BBC at approx. 13:00, followed by a second airing on the evening edition at 19:30.
I must say a big thanks to everyone involved, from Peter for getting the BBC involved, to the Church for use of the Church at such short notice and to the team for coming along and giving the BBC what they needed.
For those who haven’t seen the final video a copy is available on the CHBR web site http://www.chbr.co.uk