12 May 2017
We filmed 3 Royal Marine women “bandies” altogether, including the Marines’ very first female Warrant Officer. All bandies have more than one string to their bow – such as working in medical support teams in war zones like Afghanistan. So the bandies’ job calls for more than just musical skill (of which they have plenty) but also courage and determination. But you’d not expect a Royal Marine to headline as a singer at the Royal Albert Hall. Well, that’s what Musician Samantha McIndoe did at the Mountbatten Festival of Music, with a rocking song from ‘Hairspray’, a perfect ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’ from ‘Blood Brothers’ and then, in uniform, (picture) a deeply moving ‘I Vow to thee My Country’ – over 3 nights, in front of thousands, including the Princess Royal and Her Majesty the Queen. The applause raised the roof!
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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