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BBC East Reunion – 27th September 2014 (Read 2594 times)
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BBC East Reunion – 27th September 2014
May 1st, 2014, 5:29pm
 
The Look East regional TV news programme will be 50 years old this September, so we are holding a reunion to celebrate the event.

This will be on Saturday (evening) -  September 27th 2014 -  at the Sprowston Manor Hotel and Country Club, Norwich.

This hotel is in a lovely setting, and we’ll have our own private dining room and bar.
There’s a two-course buffet dinner (plenty of options) including coffee.
(Vegetarian or special diets can be catered for.)

Accommodation is also available at a special rate for one or more nights, and there are other hotels to suit all budgets within a reasonable distance.  

Any former BBC East staff or freelances who worked at St. Catherine’s Close Norwich up to the year 2000 are welcome.
Email – murtonian@yahoo.co.uk for further details.



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BBC East Reunion – 27-09-14 a huge success.
Reply #1 - Oct 4th, 2014, 6:31pm
 
The reunion to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the regional news programme, Look East, was a huge success with nearly one hundred people attending from all parts of the country and Europe.

Amongst them was former News Editor, Dick Robinson, who started his broadcasting career as a newsroom journalist/reporter with BBC East (Norwich) when the station opened in 1959. Dick, along with attendees John Lewis (film editor) and Cynthia Saull (production secretary)  worked on the first edition of Look East (28th Sept. 1964) plus several thousand which followed.

Highlights of the evening included humorous memories from ninety-four year-old Peter Battle, who was gardener at the All Saints Green studios for thirty-six years, and a specially made video by Andrew Holland (picture editor) and Paul Cort-Wright (director/producer) covering several decades of BBC East which included a few ‘Auntie’s Bloomers.’

There were many favourable comments about the quality of the food and facilities at our venue, the Sprowston Manor Hotel, Norwich, and also for the superb floral arrangements on the tables created by Liz Schein who used to work in technical bookings.

As the guests were leaving around midnight several said, “When’s the next one?” or “We must do this again.”  It looks unlikely that there will be any other BBC East ‘landmark’ to celebrate for at least ten years, but do we really need one? Meeting long lost friends plus having a jolly good meal and a natter is reason enough. So we’ll certainly be doing it again.
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