I have been extremely lucky with my career, it has taken me all over the world. But every now and again I get to experience one of those days that are just a little bit special. Last week I travelled over to Liverpool to join Cavern City Tours on their Magical Mystery Tour around the city.
As a Beatles fan this was always going to be labour of love. We toured the famous haunts of the fab four visiting their birth places, old homes, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and several concert venues before the highlight of my day – a trip to The Cavern Club.
I have been into the club several times and it always has a fantastic atmosphere. Beatles tunes fill the air and fans flock from all over the world. Even on a wet autumn monday afternoon there was a decent crowd in the club.
Following a session by solo acoustic artist Jon Keats I was allowed onto the stage to shoot a few images from the bands viewpoint. As I was pottering away doing my work ‘I saw her standing there’ started playing in the background. Just for a few moments I had to join in, I forgot what I was supposed to be doing before spotting one of the crowd laughing at me. I just had to do it, how many times do you get to stand on the stage at The Cavern.
Luckily for the audience the mic was turned off. With a silly grin on my face I moved over to make way for John Lennon, otherwise known as tribute act Jimmy Coburn.
The 360 panoramic images from the shoot were featured in the Mail Plus for iPad app on Saturday 9th November – 52 years to the day since a music shop owner called into The Cavern Club to check out a group because he was getting a lot of requests for a German recording of ‘My Bonnie’. The shop owner was Brian Epstein who became the manager of that group, The Beatles, and the rest is history…..
Following on from my shoot with England Ashes cricketer Joe Root, the bat manufacturers Gunn & Moore kindly featured the assignment on their website (see picture & click on it to read full story). When I visited the site to check my moment of glory I was surprised to see an old friend featured on the previous news item.
Many, many years ago I was a useful lower league cricketer for my home town club, Keswick in Cumbria. At that time we used to buy our equipment from another local player who has started up his business in the neighbouring town of Penrith. Dickie Spruce was a very useful cricketer who was always happy to help the local clubs. He brought top class equipment to Cumbria at a time when most sports shops in the area carried one cricket bat.
Nothing was too much trouble and he went out of his way to find the best and most up to date equipment for his Sportscraft shop. I was delighted to see Dickie collecting his award from another Cumbrian cricket legend Paul Nixon after his years of service to the game and Cumbria.
So almost thirty years since I last saw Dickie I met up with him in cyber space – you see it is a small world….
PS: I can’t claim to know Paul but I played many games against his dad !