Peter Pan and Tinkerbell Anton and Katya in Swindon

Yesterday I took part in the photo shoot for The Wyvern Theatre at The Link Centre where Russian Ice Stars Anton Smirnov and Katya Bokiy who are Peter Pan and Tinkerbell met the Swindon Wildcats Ice Hockey Team. It was as usual a fun photo shoot albeit a bit cold and I couldnt believe how quickly they moved when skating. I dont think you get the impression that they are going quite so quickly when you see it on TV. As an athlete myself I was really impressed with the physicality of it all. It definitely looked tough to me.

Peter Pan on Ice will be being performed at The Wyvern Theatre from 7th to 11th May

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Prince Andrew The Duke of York visits UTC Swindon

Prince Andrew The Duke of York made a flying visit in the rain to The UTC University Technical College in Swindon. The site which is still under construction was rather wet and muddy and we all had to wear boots, hard hats, hi viz jackets except the Prince himself!!

The Prince seemed genuinely interested in what was going on and seemed to enjoy himself. He met a selected few of the students, parents, staff and construction workers.

A tough day at the office Swindon Wedding Fayre at the Marriott

It was a tough day in the office yesterday. Taking photographs at the Marriott Hotel at the Wedding Fayre that was being held there.

Surrounded by pretty ladies, yep it was a tough day.

Swindon Regents Circus Progress

Every time I pass Regents Circus, which is quite a lot these days, it seems that the construction site and the building itself has doubled in size, it is really impressive how quickly the site is progressing. So as today has been such a gloriously sunny and warm day I thought I would take the camera and take a couple of shots. Now these are from outside the site as I do not have permission (yet) to go on site, but I am working on that one.
However it is balanced out by the really old part of the Old College which is a lovely old building and will be preserved but as yet nothing has been done and it just looks very sad. However it is far more photogenic (in my opinion) than the new one at this point in time. And so I ended up taking more shots of the old building than the new. What I would give to go and have a wander around inside the building as it is before the developer gets in there and it all changes.

Swindon Farmers Market Returns

Well for a number of reasons I have not blogged for a while. I have been in Spain for a couple of weeks and since being back I have carried out some photo shoots that I am not contractually allowed to use yet. But I am back now and will be blogging again on a more regular basis.

This shoot was for and about the first day of the return of the Farmers Market in Swindon. The market has not been held for about a year and was greatly missed. The market has now been reinstated and will be held every Thursday from now on.
It was interesting from my point of view as the stall holders were very friendly and happy to pose but it was so good to see how positive they were about the economy and the future. The bread sold out in the first few hours and the vegetables were not far behind either. I had heard that generally people are starting to spend a little more on quality rather than quantity and from what I could see they could be right.

So get yourself down there on Thursdays and get not just fresh but really tasty (yes I did try everything whilst I was there)!!! fruit, veg, bread etc.

Swindon Big Summer Session The Audience

Just a small selection of images of the audience from the two days of The Big Summer Session in Swindon.

Now I am not going to repeat what I said in the other post. But I am going to say I thought the audience were absolutely great. Despite all of the weather problems all of the people I spoke to were happy, enjoying themselves and having a jolly good time. It is so nice to watch people enjoying themselves.

A success if you ask me.

Bar Riva in Swindon Opens for Business

Well not quite as last night was the VIP Trade night opening and tonight is the real opening. It was a nice couple of hours with nice people. Generally I try to avoid the Fleet Street area, well at night anyway, but it wasnt that bad. (Reputation worse than reality)??? Anyway despite my clubbing days being well over, I liked the place, music was great (I am a big lover of music), customers were really nice and very friendly hence the atmosphere was really nice.
What I also think is really important is in the present state of the economy and austerity it is really nice to see a new business starting up.

These are just a small selection of images I took whilst I was there.

Bar Riva Go Visit

Swindon Ladies are in for a Treat

Well, had a fun photoshoot today. I was taking shots of Rob Knight a male entertainer and model who is the star of the Wyvern Theatre production of A Night of Naughty which is going to take place at the Meca Venue. It was a lot of fun and apart from photographers and film crew there was I think most of the female staff from the Wyvern. Oh, can I help, please. Ok then, I need you to stand really close to Rob and put your hands on his chest. Oh Ok I suppose somebody has to!!!!
Lots of fun, lots of laughs, so ladies if you want a laugh get yourself down to Ladies Night at the Wyvern.

Boogie Nights Hits Swindon in a big way at the Wyvern Theatre

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Last night I went to the opening night of the hit West End show Boogie Nights at Swindon Wyvern Theatre. What a night, it was great. It was so much fun. All of the cast were great and for the most seemed to be enjoying themselves. The audience took a little while to let go and get up and dance in the isles but by the end I think everybody apart from a few who were unable to stand, were up and dancing, YMCA went down particularly well not least because Chico had his shirt off and even I have to say he was ‘buff’.
Just one slight criticism if any was that the sound was not quite right. I think some of the mic’s were not set up or working properly but to be honest didnt spoil it that much.

The photo above is one I took at the photoshoot a few weeks ago where I chatted to the cast and again have to say what fun they were.

My advice, go see, if you have any 70’s gear, wear it and dont forget to stand up and dance.

Ben Nealon of Soldier Soldier Meets Swindon Soldiers

Yesterday I had a lovely time photographing the actor Ben Nealon OBE at the Wyvern Theatre who was meeting a couple of local TA Soldiers from A Squadron Royal Yeomanry. Why, well Ben was a star of the hit TV series Soldier Soldier and was here to meet the press in advance of his performances in ‘Go Back To Murder’ at the Wyvern Theatre. (See the Press Release below). Ben received his OBE last year for his charity work with Pump Aid which he started over 10 years ago. And he is a really nice guy as well. A pleasure to work with.

STAR OF SOLDIER, SOLDIER MEETS LOCAL HEROES

The Agatha Christie Company will bring Go Back To Murder to the Wyvern’s stage from Monday 8 to Saturday 13 April. Ahead of performances in Swindon, Ben made a visit to the theatre on Wednesday 13 March to meet with ‘A Squadron’, one of five Royal Yeomanry Squadrons.

Ben Nealon, who is fondly remembered for his role as Captain Jeremy Forsyth in the long running ITV drama Soldier, Soldier, leads a heavyweight cast including prolific stage and TV actress Liza Goddard; child actress and grown-up screen-star and cover model Sophie Ward; Robert Duncan, fondly remembered for his role as jargon spouting chief executive Gus Hedges in Channel 4’s Drop The Dead Donkey; Gary Mavers, ITV’s Peak Practices’ smouldering medic Andrew Attwood; and Lysette Anthony who has been described as the ‘face of the eighties’ by super photographer David Bailey;

“Soldier, Soldier was on TV when I was growing up as an army cadet and my brother and I used to tune in every week to see what the King’s Fusiliers were up to,” said Captain Matt Fincham, Unit Press Officer/Spokesman, Royal Yeomanry. “It’s fair to say it inspired me to join the army as a regular, which in turn led me to the TA when I left.”

“Swindon’s ‘A Squadron’ is one of five Royal Yeomanry Squadrons which, equipped with RWMIK Landrovers, fulfil a ‘Light Cavalry’ role, providing reconnaissance to tell the rest of the army what the enemy are doing. The Yeomanry and the TA as a whole is increasingly used to support the regular army on operations worldwide.”

In addition to meeting with ‘A Squadron’, the Soldier, Soldier star will invite audiences in Swindon to donate to Help for Heroes after each performance of Agatha Christie’s Go Back For Murder. The charity delivers an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. They aim to inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential.

“I am delighted that the Wyvern will be supporting Help For Heroes,” says Theatre Director Derek Aldridge. “Wiltshire is a county with a very close relationship with our forces and I know our audiences will be keen to support them.”

Go Back For Murder is a classic ‘Whodunit’ packed with intrigue, murder and suspense and one of over a dozen plays from the pen of the great Dame Agatha Christie. Go Back For Murder was adapted by Christie in 1960 from her novel Five Little Pigs, editing out the legendary detective Poirot for the stage version. Christie has sold over 2 billion books and is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.

Suspects, secrets, and suspense abounds in this new production of Go Back for Murder at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, from Monday 8 to Saturday 13 April. Book tickets today at wyverntheatre.org.uk or by calling the Ticket Office on 01793 524 481.