Many of us thought that the search for new acts to appear on the Britainís Got Talent television show had finally reached Toome when a camera crew appeared at the Northstone Hutchinsonís sand production site to film a television programme on 10 June 2011.
Many of us thought that the search for new acts to appear on the Britain’s Got Talent television show had finally reached Toome when a camera crew appeared at the Northstone Hutchinson’s sand production site to film a television programme on 10 June 2011.
Admittedly, there was some disappointment when it was discovered that singing, dancing or joke telling would not be required but nevertheless, our own two class acts, Paul Toal and Michael Sexton, stepped forward to appear in front of cameras.
The actual purpose of the visit was to film an episode of the BBC 2 Irish Language programme called Sruthanna which charts the progress of two kayakers, Antaine ” Donnaile and Cormac ” hAdmaill, on their journey from Portstewart up the River Bann through Lough Neagh and along the Blackwater River to the town of Benburby in County Tyrone.
The filming took place on the Rams Island barge on its journey from Hutchinson’s site to the sand pumping grounds and was skippered by Paul Toal. On board were the two kayakers, who interviewed another barge operator, Michael Savage, about the sand pumping process on the Lough. By all accounts Antaine and Cormac were fascinated by the whole production process as described by Michael, who is an authority on sand production on Lough Neagh down through the years.
Needless to say, Paul delivered a flawless performance in the wheelhouse while Michael confirmed what we all know already, that he is a natural in front of the camera.
Who said there was no talent in Toomebridge?