great expectations

Last night was a pretty special night in the cathedral that I had the pleasure of attending. As part of the Dickens 200 years celebration, the BBC screened the classic 1946 David Lean’s Great Expectations staring John Mills and Alec Guinness.

The BBC had also invited some celebrities – Hayley Mills, Brenda Blethyn, Robert Powell and Ron Moody who was a joy to listen to as he joked about being a little tired of being asked, at 88 now, to sing ‘you’ve got to pick a pocket or two’.

The BBC took all day to set up (the screen was amazing!)  so we also had the delight of the crew working with us throughout the day and it was a bit of a surreal day going about our normal business in the cathedral and bumping into one of the above stars or the BBC SE news team.

The pictures of the event can be seen here and you can just make out the balding head of me in the bottom right hand corner of the pic I’ve posted. As I tweeted earlier in the day … sometimes there are real bonuses to being based at a cathedral!

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