Wedding Day and a combined operation
Sometime in August of 1958, Janet and I decided to fix a wedding date. A church wedding had to be performed in the parish of the bride, but, at that time, Janet was living in the heart of Melbourne.
Janet and I went off to meet the Reverend Tubbs at St. David’s Church in Moorabbin,
The date was to be February 21st, 1959, wow, fifty-four years ago.
Having made a lot of friends among my working colleagues at both GTV and ABV2, they was to be a large turnout at the church and a sizeable guest list at the House.
The wedding was set for 2.30pm and, when I arrived with my friend Dick Coggan, best man, there were almost a hundred people milling about outside the church.
I also noticed that there was a cameraman working. It was Brian Merritt who had worked with me at GTV and was a great friend. He had decided to come along with camera and film to record the great day.
We went into the church, most of the milling crowd were now assembled inside and the ceremony took place without a hitch.
When we came out into the sunlight, I could see another cameraman in action. This was Peter Purvis, another friend with whom I had worked at GTV and, at this time, he was working with ABV2.
While posing for the inevitable photographs outside the church, I saw a third cameraman in action. He was Robin Clarke, cameraman of HSV. What was he doing here ? Well, he was filming our wedding as well.
Later we found out that the whole thing had been pre-arranged. A cameraman from each of the broadcasting stations would film the proceedings and the film would be processed at Cinevex, the laboratory used by ABV2..
Dennis Wahren, film editor at ABV2, undertook to edit the film which was a wonderful memento of the great day. I often wonder whether there was any other occasion when the three stations had co-operated in such a manner. We still have the film and we had a CD made from it.
The film is the original reversal, edited by Dennis, and his joins are still holding after half a century.
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