This photo shows cameraman, Andy Payne, filming the arrival of a harrier jump-jet at BBC Pebble Mill, from the roof of the building, for Pebble Mill at One. Andy’s great friend, Andy Stowe, was allowed up onto the roof by Security to take photos. They were accompanied by two sappers in case of any security issues!
Thanks to Andy Stowe for sharing the photo.
Andy Payne sadly died in the summer of 2016, he was a great cameraman, and a great bloke, and is sadly missed.
The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Pete Simpkin: ‘I recall no-one had told us at Local Radio that this was about to happen and as the noise got louder and louder we had to cut a live interview we were doing and play records until the dratted thing had landed!’
Julie Hill: ‘I remember it well. I was one of many “trapped” in the Pebble Mill Club (not that we minded of course) and watched it take off vertically on playing field. The whole building shook, the noise was incredible but awesome sight! There were often amazing other stunts too – who remembers the parachutists who landed all over the Bristol Road ha ha!!’
Philip Morgan: ‘I seem to recall leaning out of a fifth floor window to watch it land. What a way to spend lunchtime.’
Marie Phillips: ‘I remember that so well. I worked in Personnel on the sixth floor at the time and we watched the Harrier approach and then land. It was awesome and I can only describe the noise as making all my insides rattle !!’
This blog says that Andy died in 2015, but sadly it was in 216
Hi. Andy died in July 2016
Thanks for the correction! I did know that Andy died last year, but I just wrote the wrong year. Best wishes, Vanessa
Thanks for the correction. I did know that Andy died last year, but I just wrote the wrong year! Best wishes, Vanessa
What happened to the folding roof at pebble millbbc
Hi Ray, I think it stopped working! I joined BBC Pebble Mill in the late 1980s and I never saw it in action! Best wishes, Vanessa