Dome on the roof of Pebble Mill

Photo by Bhasker Solanki, no reproduction without permission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dome appeared on the roof of the Pebble Mill office block circa 1980.

The following comments about were posted on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Annie Gumbley Williams: The dome was built to be used for recordings, interviews etc. Remember doing one there with Robin Cousins in Roy Ronnie & Roy Norton days. Roy Ronnie used it for meetings sometimes to get out of the office. It made a lot of noise when it rained so not good for recording!

Malcolm Hickman: It also acted like a greenhouse and anything left in there suffered with the condensation.

Andy Shepherd:The dome was bought second-hand from Granada who had used it in the summer of 1979 for their Saturday morning children’s show The Mersey Pirate. The show was based aboard the ferry MV Royal Iris moored at Liverpool Docks. The dome structure was built on the promenade deck of the vessel. The run of the series was cut short by the ITV strike which started in August.

Here are a couple more photos of the dome being installed in 1981. They are from Stuart Gandy.

Photo by Stuart Gandy, no reproduction without permission

Dome being hoisted on to the roof. Photo by Stuart Gandy, no reproduction without permission

 

Pebble Mill site 2020

Pebble Mill site 2020

Posted by Bhasker Solanki on Thursday, 9 January 2020

Thanks to Bhasker Solanki for sharing this video of the Pebble Mill site in Jan 2020. It looks very different from when it was a broadcast centre, with only the road past Security at the end of the video looking the same.

Copyright Bhasker Solanki, no reproduction without permission

Pebble Mill Cameramen’s Reunion

Pebble Mill Cameramen’s reunion Aug 2019. No reproduction without permission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photo includes: Dave Wilkins, Phil Wilson, Dave Ballantyne with Alan Duxbury in front, Bhasker Solanki, Doug Smith?, Bob Meikle, Robin Sunderland and John Couzens.

Keith Salmon held the reunion for Pebble Mill cameramen at The Kings Arms in Knowle in Aug 2019.

New Year’s Special – Bhasker Solanki

Photos by Bhasker Solanki, no reproduction without permission.

These photos are from a New Year’s Special, recorded at Pebble Mill in 1981 or 1982, in Studio A. For some reason the whole crew decided to dress up on this occasion. The show was recorded around Christmas,to go out on New Year’s Eve, around midnight.

Included are, Phil Thickett in the red striped bathing suit, Tony Wigley in the leopard print, Jim Gray as a clown, Keith Brook (Scouse) in the purple leopard print dress, and Nick Patten floor managing in the short blue jacket!