A Royal Wedding invitation for Stephen

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton

A TV cameraman from Hartlepool will play his part in the Royal Wedding when he captures all the build up and excitement to the occasion.

Stephen Emerson will be part of a crew for the BBC Breakfast show which will broadcast live from central London on the morning Prince William and Kate Middleton marry.

BBC cameraman Stephen Emerson

BBC cameraman Stephen Emerson

He will work throughout the night recording excited crowds lining The Mall before filming the show’s presenters.

Stephen, 45, a freelance TV cameraman, said: “I’m very excited about it. I haven’t filmed anything on quite that scale before with such a big audience.

“The programme will be coming from outside Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey and I will be manning one of the cameras filming the presenters live on the programme.

“I will also be around The Mall area filming members of the public overnight and filming news stories around the wedding.

“I think it will be very tiring, but a challenge and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Stephen will start his shift at 3am and also take part in practice runs of the wedding procession.

The occasion is expected to be watched by up to two billion people worldwide.

He added: “I think it will be a good thing for the country and give everyone a bit of a lift, particularly in these hard economic times.”

But it will not be the first time Stephen, from the Grange Road area of Hartlepool, has captured a historic event.

Last year, he was in Downing Street when Gordon Brown resigned and David Cameron became the country’s new Prime Minister.

He said: “I was in Downing Street for a week during the hung Parliament doing live footage for different BBC outlets.

“I was at my tripod for 12-hours a day.”

Stephen has been based in London for around the last seven years covering everything from demonstrations, politics and light-hearted news stories for the national news.

Before that he got to travel the world filming resorts and hotels for the Thomas Cook cable channel.

Stephen joined Tyne Tees television around 10 years ago after a documentary he made on the local seal population caught producer’s attention.

Before long he was offered a job with ITN at their London headquarters.

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