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.

Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance Opening Ceremony

Crowds gathered in the pouring rain to remember the brave servicemen and women who fought and died in the Afghanistan conflict at a service at The Royal British Legion’s Field of Remembrance at Royal Wootton Bassett today.

Some 46,000 crosses have been planted within the walled garden in Lydiard Park in Remembrance to the 446 Service people that have been killed since the start of the conflict in 2001. A number of civic dignitaries, guests, members of the Armed Forces and school children planted crosses during the service.

For me the most poignant of all was young Emma Hickman and her baby daughter. Emma was the fiancee of Private Daniel Wade who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.

Army Reserve Marches through Swindon on the 70th Anniversary of El Alamain

On Sunday 21st Oct I had the pleasure of photographing A Squadron Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry march through Swindon on the 70th Anniversary of the battle of El Alamain.
It was mid morning when I grabbed my NIKON‘S and made my way up to the TA Centre in Swindon. There the Squadron were just preparing to go on parade and march off. I managed to have a chat with some of the guys and what a nice bunch of guys there are. So friendly and accommodating of a photographer getting in the way. After taking photos before they set off I walked with them through the town trying my hardest not to walk ‘in step’ with the band which after having spend 15 years in the forces myself I found very hard not to do!!!!
After they marched pass the saluting dias in Commercial Rd they made their way round to the Civic Offices, where they were addressed by amongst others the Mayor Mick Bray himself a veteran of the R.A.F.
The parade from start to finish was well supported by the people of Swindon and I really enjoyed myself doing the shoot.
I took over 100 images only a few of which I have shown here. I used two camera bodies for both wide and close up shots. This was useful as I think if I had to have swapped lenses all the time I would have missed some of the best shots.
All in all a good mornings shoot.