The weather couldn’t have been better for a day on the beach. Hot, sunny and glorious. But as we started to head to the destination, Camber Sands, near Rye, it became apparent that half of England had the same idea. The queues were enormous. So Beth smartly decided to change location to a less popular, but still very lovely beach nearby called Winchelsea Beach. We got a text message and quickly changed route to meet them there. This beach is pebbly rather than sandy, and has a few little slopes, but it is very pretty and at least there was room to get all the guests, our film crew and our equipment on there, not something we could have done at Camber this weekend!
The day was lovely, with many friends and family attending. Beth and Steve had ordered a simply wonderful cake for Harriet and Felicity, in their memory, and the day was full of laughter and smiles.
We interviewed Beth and Steve, and both sets of grand parents, Kath and Phil and Bill and Betty. It was lovely to catch up with everyone we haven’t seen since the cycle challenge.
Our crew for the day was Emma Dalesman Dop, Rob Newman Sound Recordist, Polly Perkins Producer and myself, Debbie Howard, Director. After the party finished Rob and Polly had a quick swim and then we set off home stopping at the chippy for tea, before we hit the road. We got only 20 minutes into our very long journey home and the exhaust fell off the car! This was after I’d just taken the car for a full service two days before we left and I specifically asked them to check the exhaust. We had to wait ages for the RAC to turn up, whilst getting attacked by midges. By the time we were on the road it was very late, Rob and Emma had missed the last train back to London so I drove them home, then it was still several more hours back to Sheffield. So Polly and I headed off until I was too tired to go any further, we pulled into Milton Keynes Services and spent the night in a motel and finally got home around midday on Monday!
Our next shoot date coming up is on Friday this week when we’ll be filming a little closer to home in Derby, with Lou Evans from the Derby Sands group.