Fleshcreep Simon Wegrzyn meets Swindon at Old Town Lights Switch On

Last night was the Switch On of the Christmas Lights in Swindon Old Town. I had a lot of fun photographing Simon Wegryzn who plays Fleshcreep in this years Panto Jack and the Beanstalk at The Wyvern Theatre. Not only was he a really nice guy he was so easy to direct and was really happy to do anything I asked of him. I am really looking forward to seeing him and the rest of the cast at the Panto over Christmas.

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Jahmene Douglas What a Nice Person Swindon Xmas Lights

Last night I was the official photographer for inSwindon at the Christmas Lights switch on. I took some 600 images and I am still processing them and will put up another blog post shortly with my favourite images. But I wanted to put these up and just to say what a nice young man Jahmene is. This isnt the first time I have photographed him but it is the first time I have had a chat with him. At an exclusive pre switch on shoot in his dressing room he even offered to share his food and drink with me. And when back stage after the switch on he made sure that he was looking at me when I was shooting images of him.
To be honest I have never heard any negative comments about him anyway but I guess sometimes you hear that some times when people get famous they change and become diva’s. Well in my opinion that has not happened to Jahmene, he was a pleasure to work with.

Swindon Wyvern Theatre Family Fun day

It was a fun morning on saturday 2nd November at The Swindon Wyvern Theatre Family Fun Day. It was absolutely packed right from the word go people were queueing up outside to get in, till right at the very end when it was almost a case of asking people to leave so that the place could be cleared up. It also took place at Swindon Central Library, Swindon Dance and live music was being played at the bandstand.

My personal favourite was Mr Gruffalo and my two new friends Arri and Alexia two really adorable parrots who belong to Darren Potter the film cameraman.

Definitely worth going to the next time they put an event like this on, and of course it is completely free.

Well done to Richard Loftus and the team at The Wyvern.

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.

Swindon Town FC hosts Charity Football Match

Had a fun couple of hours at the County Ground home of STFC last night taking photos at the STFC Wiltshire Air Ambulance Celebrity Charity Football Match. It was full of celebrities some of which I knew who they were, quite a few I didnt!!! They ranged from Arge – James Argent, Adam Woodyatt – Ian Beale, Tony Discipline – Tyler Moon, Lee Latchford-Evans – Steps, Iwan Thomas – Athlete and TV presenter,to famous footballers, The Only Way is Chelsea, Towie, and so on, far to many to know but got images of them all. Have to say Adam Woodyatt was great as was his son who was also playing and James Argent who just loved being in front of the camera.

Although the crowd was not huge they were very vocal, lots of young girls screaming, crying, asking for autographs, sometimes they didnt even know who they were asking!!!! but fun anyway.

Importantly they raised a lot of money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charity, well done guys, I enjoyed it.

PS If I have got any of the names wrong or you want to see images of the others please let me know.

Paolo Di Canio Resigns from Swindon Town Football Club.

Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio

Well, he has gone and done it. After lots of speculation Paolo Di Canio has resigned from Swindon Town Football Club STFC.
I think it is a shame. I am not a follower of football but I do like Paolo and think he has the right attitude to his players, team, club etc and is sticking to what he thinks is right. I have had the pleasure of photographing him a few times now and he seems to be a nice chap. And whats more he is very passionate about what he does.

Good luck Paolo with what ever you do next, sad to see you go.

Swindon Economy Positive, Negative or Neutral ???

Well in line with latest news about results from Argos, Curry’s/Dixon, Mothercare etc I thought I would take a quick look at what is going on in Swindon.

To me it looks about Neutral. Some places are struggling and closing, others are opening and others are keeping their heads above water. It is too early to say what the effects of the redundancies at Honda and other local companies will be but I can see more closing than opening. Just wandering around Swindon as I do the Town Centre does not seem to be getting the footfall through the day that it used to.

What does it look like to you ???

Swindon Old Town Xmas Lights Switch On

On a freezing cold night several local celebrities came out to switch on the Swindon Old Town Christmas Lights. These included Mayor Mick Bray, Jo Ingles the TV Vet, Jonas Hogg and Ryan Aldrige of the Swindon Wildcats, Laura Varnham as Princess Jasmine from the panto Aladdin, a number of players from Swindon Town Football Club. The show was compared by Ben Atkinson from JackFM. On stage entertainment was provided by the Tanwood Dancers and off stage amongst others the Wroughton Silver Band. There was a really good turn out with Wood street and the surrounded area packed with revellers.