Map of where I was standing waiting for the 3 Concordes.
= A lot of Police
= Police barriers
= Mrs Sparky
as a pink
Blue Helmet = Police lined up in these areas next to
Purple line = Heathrow Security lined up in these
areas next to airport fence.
Grey figures = Huge crowds of people which filled
all the roads around the end of the
= Press film camera
= Press Photographers
24th Oct 2003 – her last day
Searching for a good spot
While I was standing there looking for other good spots, more people with 3-6 year old kids had seen me on TV, they came up to me for a chat and said
Every time our kids see you on TV they shout Jet, jet, jet and they say they want to meet you so we brought to kids up here to see Concorde and meet you.
I was very pleasantly shocked and surprised that I was like some kind of a hero figure to the kids, but I didn’t feel like a hero as all I ever did was to chase Concorde around Heathrow for 27 years, I didn’t do anything special but now because I’d been on TV I was suddenly thrust in to the lime light and I was some kind of a hero to every one.
(In a non arrogant way) it felt great and I didn’t want to let any one down, I wanted to make people happy and have fun, but I didn’t know to deal with the situation (as I’d never come across this in my life and I don’t have kids yet)
• How do you deal with kids who think you’re some kind of a hero ?
• How do you deal with a situation when you have no experience of dealing with it at all ?
I was thinking on my feet and it was a very difficult to work out what to say in such a short space of time. It was a huge responsibility as I didn’t want to let any one down, I didn’t want people to think bad of me.
I didn’t want to look plastic and false (like some famous people do when they are in similar situations), however I didn’t have any clear yes or no answers……
I felt that what ever I said should be sort of short and to the point, it should not make me look “big headed” (arrogant), it should make people happy and briefly explain things. It should be said in a way which encouraged kids to make some thing out of their lives and futures, but I didn’t have a clue what to say in such a short space of time........
I knew Concorde was coming in soon so I had to think very very fast...... in the end I crouched down on my knees and in good mood I politely spoke to the kids.
Hi, how are you, what do you think of Concorde ?
The kids stood their quietly mesmerised and didn’t say a thing to me….. their parents asked them to say hi to me but they didn’t, I guess they where shy of me. I know when I was that age I was the same so I wasn’t worried at all. Their parents spoke me about the flight, I did my best to answer their questions the best I could.
When I got a brief moment I looked at my watch and realised it was 3.55pm and had to find a decent place to take photos, I said to the kids and parents
I’m sorry I’ve got to go as she’s coming in to land soon.
The kids parents warmly smiled and fully understood.
Now I know how pop stars and TV stars feel. I wished I had more time to talk to everyone who recognised me but I didn’t have the time. I walked further down the road, but more people recognised me and chatted to me.
I finally got to the spot near the airport fence and stood next to it on my blue stool.
= Me as Blue