Steve Weddle has been leading a campaign for a Blue Plaque to commemorate BBC Pebble Mill. His hard work has been rewarded with success! Here is how Steve revealed the news last Friday, 7th April 2017:
“I’m pleased to announce that we have been granted a Blue Plaque for BBC Pebble Mill, in honour of its status as an inconic broadcasting institution. The Heritage Foundation, who recently awarded plaques for Morecambe and Wise, The Who and Eric Sykes have made this award in recognition of our innovative work there. And thank you also to Circle Health, who have agreed to display the plaque on the front of their new hospital, which will soon start construction on the site where BBC Pebble Mill once stood. So, we anticipate the unveiling of the Plaque in about two years time – just enough time to plan a party! Rejoice!!!”
BBC Pebble Mill Plaque
50 years ago this month the first spade was put in ground that had been well prepared by a pioneering set of BBC Birmingham program makers already established in producing quility programs.
It feels like yesterday.
I’m not at all surprised this BBC Net Work production Centre Pebble Mill Building is now reaching Iconic status and a commemorative plaque is to be displayed on the “Circle Healths” new building at the Pebble Mill old site. A look at the history of its output across the whole range of broadcasting, radio and Television some still generating around the world today , is proof worthy of that status.
It’s a building that should be remembered!
For those of us who had the privilege to work there it was a lifetime of opportunity placing Britains Second City together with the Midlands on the world map, at no time were they let down.
I like to think we were a family with all that entails, and that family still shows itself meeting every month as Pensioners to support one another and reminisce on the good old days. My one hope is the BBC has not lost this family and is still there amongst my colleagues working in the brave new world.
At Christmas I ran out of my self published memoirs “Shoot First, No ordinary life,” (It’s gone down really well, over 240 sold at cost price of £14) the story of my 30 year career at Pebble Mill. Those reading my book have said it’s a history and they had no idea of the diversity of that building, I was just the fortunate one who touched on many of its areas.
People asked me to print more, these have now arrived, anybody interested and would like a copy please e mail me .
I am now retired, and I was an electrician working on the building of Pebble Mill studios back in 1970, this was a great place to work, I can remember Tom Coin doing the lunch time news while I was doing the snagging of any problems after the contract ended, I was offered a job on the maintenance team but I moved on to the Birmingham University computer centre, always regretted not taking that Job.