Photo by Richard Stevenson, no reproduction without permission.
This 1990 photo is of cameraman Paul Woolston on a crane in Lichfield Cathedral, on a Songs of Praise outside broadcast. Kevin Gill (floor manager) on the left, and John Trew (grip) on the right.
Apparently, moments later the wheel of the crane disappeared into a heating grate and the crane nearly toppled over, with Paul still on the front of it.
Paul sadly died some years ago.
Thanks to Richard Stevenson for sharing the photo.
The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Diane Reid: ‘Paul was lovely to work with and a great cameramen – it was one of my OBs – a Songs of Praise.’
Alex Johnston: ‘Paul was a truly lovely man always friendly and had a wonderful smile.’
Ian Barber: ‘He was a true gentleman, loved working with Paul and Dave Bushell.’
Tracy Cahill: ‘Very first OB I ever went on was at Lichfield cathedral, John Abbot sent me to ‘observe’ how it’s done. I only went cos Fred was the rigger.’
Sarah Beedle: ‘I remember that Songs of Praise – the grating did get broken.’
Helen Betts: ‘Christopher Betts, my son whom I am visiting in Virginia, clearly remembers playing the organ for Songs of Praise in 1990. He was the Cathedral’s organ scholar that year before going to Oxford University. He also says he cannot think of any of TV OBs that year.’
Ed Billington: ‘He was a very nice person and a professional at his job he always spoke to me when I was cleaning the studio.’
Paul Mcdonald: ‘Ah the joys of entrusting your life to the crane operator.’
Dave Ballantyne: ‘The camera is a Phillips/Pye LDK 5, Paul was a colleague and friend over many years, I still miss him, a special man.’
John Hoare: ‘I knew Paul well back in the sixties and seventies – a good friend and a true gentleman’