A Christmas Party at the May Fair Hotel

EventPhotography at the May Fair Hotel, London

So this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And ...

....Well not quite, I'm pretty much wrapped up on weddings for the year but it wouldn't be Christmas without a Christmas party and I was lucky enough to spend the weekend at The May Fair Hotel with a fabulous group of people from Life Science Dynamics, celebrating their company's end of year!

There was much mingling, nibbling of mince pies and quaffing of champagne, I even took some photos. It was so much fun that the time flew by. Thanks to everyone there for making me feel so welcome and for inviting me to dine with you - it was a really great end to my business year too!

Here's a few Christmas pics for your viewing pleasure - enjoy!


Norwich Photographer

And so it came to pass! On 24th July 2013, the blood, sweat and tears paid off (ok…so the blood and tears may have been an exaggeration but we had a heatwave that week!). Steve Coogan, in character as Alan Partridge, made his way by helicopter to Norwich and on by calvacade to Anglia Square and to the premiere of Alan's first film, Alpha Papa. The campaign to have the premiere in Norwich had triumphed. It was a gloriously sunny day and the fans came out in force. The atmosphere was fantastic and as might have been expected, the PA system practically had the ABBA back catalogue on loop! Some people had travelled from around the world to be at the premiere and were rewarded with autographs and a chance to chat with the man himself.  For my part, I got my souvenir press pass and got in prime position to photograph Alan and his guests arriving on the red carpet!

The campaign, at the end, felt as if it had flown by in the blink of an eye by but during the events of the past few weeks there had been some amazing effort put in by people to get the focus of attention on Norwich and  to let Alan's people know we meant business. Special mentions should go to Rob Wilkes and Rafiq Turnbull, the two guys that came up with and spearheaded  the Alpha Papa campaign; the Graffiti artists at the Yard and of course singer, songwriter, Laura Morrell, the genius behind Partridge State of Mind! All the money that was raised from merchandise as part of the campaign went to a local owl sanctuary, just as I'm sure Alan would have wanted. It's been a whirlwind few weeks and I'm glad to have played my part as official campaign photographer. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few images from the day…look carefully and you might even find yours truly make an appearance on the red carpet - Aha!

Alan-Partridge-Premiere-To-Be-Held-In-Norwich | Norwich Photographer

Ruddy hell! It's happening people!  With the news today that the premiere of Alpha Papa will take place in Norwich, it would be remiss of me not to share these images, taken just yesterday, of graffiti art by the guys from the Sith Art Collective inspired by the campaign to have the Alan Partridge Movie premiere in Norwich.  You can head down to, what has quickly become the spiritual home of the campaign, Anglia Square (Not Leicester Square) and see these artworks for yourself!

The campaign, launched only a matter of weeks ago on the steps of Norwich City Hall (you can check it out here), has gone from strength to strength with car stickers, placards, posters and T-Shirts daubed with Alan's face and the campaign slogan 'Anglia Square Not Leicester Square', a tagline that has garnered supporters across social media, from public and celebrities alike.  Another local boy, Jake Humphrey, was one of those to encourage his followers to get behind the campaign on Twitter and at the end of last week, Writer and Director, Armando Iannucci, asked, via his Twitter feed "People of Norwich, what are your bargaining tools?"  Today came the announcement that the film will have a Premier in Norwich on July 24th 2013, with Alan in attendance to greet his fans before being flown by helicopter to the London Premiere.  Studio Canal, made the announcement in the form of a 'message from Alan' as follows: “You can imagine how hurt and litigious I felt when people said I was planning to debut my movie in London instead of Norwich, or that I’d allowed my head to be turned by the prospect of big city fame."  "Any suggestions I’ve hastily cobbled together the lunchtime Norwich screening in response to a local Twitter campaign will be met with the full force of the law.”

And here's the response from the official campaign:

This amazing day has come to an end and will live long in our memories, we have received lots of thank you's & congratulations today but we would like to thank all of YOU for supporting us.
Without your support and enthusiasm it wouldn't have got noticed by the powers that be..
It all started as a bit of a joke but now it is our time, lets have a good time and show everyone what Norwich is capable of..

Night Night xx

Campaign for the Alan Partridge Premiere to be in Norwich

Given that Alan is a lover of art, I'm sure he will be pleased with the efforts made at Anglia Square.  As such, I'll leave you with this quote from the great man himself  - "There's never any graffiti in the hotel. Although in the Gents a couple of weeks a go I did see someone had drawn a lady's part. Quite detailed. The guy obviously had talent."

By Rob Dodsworth







Norwich Photography | Campaign for Alpha Papa to Premier in Norwich

Photographer Norwich

Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! - Now I have your attention (or not), allow me to share a few photographs taken in Norwich last Friday at the launch of the Campaign for Alan Partridge Movie Premiere to be in Norwich!  The prospect of a Partridge film has been rumoured for years but at last, the occasion is upon us.  Due officially to hit our screens on 7th August 2013, Steve Coogan and Armando Ianucci have teamed up again for the big screen debut of Norwich’s finest daytime radio host; it is the dream of a large following of Partridge fans that Alpha Papa should premier in Norwich.  As the campaign slogan goes 'Anglia Square Not Leicester Square' is the aim of this campaign.  Dreamt up over half a bottle of Blue Nun and some Camembert (beer and burgers) by a couple of friends from Norwich, Rob Wilkes of Creative Giant and Rafiq Turnbull of Main Source, the campaign has quickly gained a following and plans are afoot for a Partridge fancy dress party, with a 'pure Alan' playlist.  Properly policed. It must not, I repeat not, turn into an all-night rave.

Here's just a few photographs taken at the campaign launch outside Norwich City Hall, including a cardboard cut out of the Chap of Steel himself!

Take a little look, then go ahead and check out the campaign page for more information and to lend your support.

Kiss my face!