Well another busy few weeks for me. Two weeks ago saw me photographing on the Finish Line at The Mall right outside Buckingham Palace for the London 100 Miler. What I hadnt figured on was the amount of media interest or the huge amount of participents, 25,000 cyclists all completing the Olympic Road Race Course! Amazing sight.
I was called to a Press Call on Friday, where I was the sole photographer, meeting a really inspirational guy Andy Harris from Wolverhampton Homes. Andy has co ordinated with West Midlands Fire Service and put together a course for kids from difficult backgrounds. The kids along with Firemen at the station put together a display for their parents just ahead of being presented with their awards. Hopefully some of these kids will realise their potential and enrol in the Young Firefighters Scheme.
I have to say it was fantastic! They came screaming into the car park in with the ‘blues and two’s’ going. Disembarked and then tackled a fire in the tower. The kids showed no fear, entering a smoke filled building, scaling ladders to rescue people trapped. Talk about high drama! Lots of smoke, orders shouted out, whistles etc, but they all showed a huge amount of calmness. As soon as the display was over, they all filed into line to be presented to their parents for a photo opportunity.
This was the most enjoyable hour Ive had behind the camera in a long while. After the photo opps, the kids got changed and we were invited into the Station for the presentation. Leading Fireman Tony Bucknall gave a speech about how far the kids had come in a short space of time. Andy then gave a few words about how proud he was to be a part of it. The Station Commander Mitch McKee then handed out the certificates and posed with the kids for photos for me. Afterwards we were treated to tea and sandwiches with the crew which gave me a chance to find out a little bit more of the project.
It was just something else I can tell you. For my part to have documented this for an hour was a real honour. You could just tell that all involved got something out of it, I know I surely did. Its not everyday you meet people who you just know a make difference. Well Andy and Tony!