When asked to source a location where I was to be interviewed by ITV, you would think my studio would be a good place, especially with it being winter. I guess it would have been, but Hartlepool Quay, hosting the oldest war ship afloat in Europe (HMS Trincomalee) seemed to be more appropriate! So when on the planned day of the interview the sun and blue skies were proving to make this January morning look like summer, I was delighted.
Arriving in a dress, thinking some publicity highlighting my feminine side would be great, and weather permitting, some footage of me climbing too (not in the dress), little did I know the ITV crew would brave the rigging themselves, join me atop this fine vessel and interview me on the fighting-top!
Biting the bullet, Steve, the cameraman took to the rigging first, followed by possibly the oddest thing I've ever seen, his camera tied to a rope winched equivalent to six stories up the mast. The cameras were soon followed by Jonny, the reporter, and then myself.
With both members of the ITV team being uncomfortable with heights, I admire the guys for the work they did and how they pushed themselves to the point of fear to get the story they wanted.
Following the filming, we slowly made our way down and the story was edited and aired later that day.