Record producer and broadcaster Pete Waterman OBE launched a nationwide tour of railway stations as part his new role promoting the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF).
As newly appointed President of the RBF charity, Pete began his UK ‘Meet Pete’ tour at London Paddington on Thursday 31 January 2019 where he was welcomed by GWR Station Manager Dean Haynes.
We followed Pete’s Paddington visit which was promoted on Twitter using the hashtag #MeetPete.
The Great Western Railway, and the communities around it, have been shaped by many inspirational individuals. Their new fleet of Intercity Express Trains celebrate these people and their legacies by bearing their names, and we have been lucky enough to film them.
We filmed a service held by GWR for former colleagues of Fleur marking her brave sacrifice in 1996 in Staple Hill. Fleur was only 21 years old when she died battling a blaze at a Bristol supermarket which had been started by an arsonist. The naming ceremony took place in front of members of family, friends and fire service colleagues at Bristol Temple Meads on Tuesday 14 May.
Nancy was an American-born British politician who was the second female Member of Parliament (MP) but the first to take her seat, serving from 1919 to 1945. GWR commemorated her by naming a train after her. What started as an early morning in Paddington ended with a monumental end to the day in Plymouth as filmed the revealing of a Nancy Astor statue on the promenade.
Brave Jack Thompson became a ‘Station Master’ for the day after train operator Great Western Railway helped to make his wish come true. The 12-year-old, who was born with a brain tumour and is registered blind, spent the day at London Paddington station offering a five-star service to customers. The feeling we had when editing this film is a reason why we love the job we do, meeting Jack and seeing first hand how passionate he is about trains was truly humbling.