Carr and the Who Do You Think You Are production
team arrived in the village on Friday afternoon
to film scenes at the Grey Horse Public House
and Camperdown Social Club for the forthcoming
television programme. 11 of Alan’s relatives
perished in the Burradon Colliery Mining Disaster
of 2nd March 1860 and the horrific story will
be part of the programme.
Following the filming of the scenes in the Grey
Horse, Alan emerged to be besieged by the children
and young people from the local community who
were desperate to meet him and obtain his autograph.
Alan was happy to oblige and he spent an extended
period signing autographs, posing for photographs
and chatting to the gathered masses and despite
his hectic and punishing schedule no one left
Later, family, friends, retired miners and members
of the community gathered in the T H Carr Lounge
at Camperdown Club to meet Alan and to exchange
stories of working in the colliery and reminisce
about the village’s mining community.
Once again, Alan posed for photos, signed autographs
and chatted to all those who had gathered that
Although Alan is a popular television personality,
he was an extremely kind and considerate and his
approachable manner was appreciated by all that
met and his abundance of charisma endeared him
to all sections of the community.