Note: We were contacted by the Mary Rose organisation to say that the comment made by Sarah Kennedy (at 15.24) when talking about the ship never having been to war was incorrect. They told us:
“Shame they said the Mary Rose never went to war, she took part in 3, even taking troops to the Battle of Flodden!” (Tweet received 13th August 2013)
For more than ten years during the 1970s and 1980s Focus regularly produced video and presentation support material for British Gas Southern, a region of British Gas which disappeared when the organisation was privatised in 1986. Our clients were in the region’s PR and Marketing departments.
During that period in the early 1980s the Institution of Gas Engineers ran their annual national conference at the Bournemouth International Centre, and the Southern Region of British Gas hosted delegates from across the country together with their spouses. The spouses were treated to a glorious day out – Ladies’ Day, when they were offered a wonderful programme of organised coach trips and this video showed the options on offer. Some options could be described as rather more male orientated than others.
This video was produced to remind them of what they had to choose from and give them some background on each trip. It was delightfully presented by Sarah Kennedy, the cameraman was Steve Hudson, and it was directed by Ian Ward.
Locations to choose from were:
Southampton Ocean Village
Southampton Hall of Aviation
Wilton Carpet Factory
Brights of Nettlebed at Wimborne
Milton Abbas Village
Arreton Manor, Isle of Wight
Osborne House, Isle of Wight
Ford, Transit Van Factory, Southampton
New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, (the New Forest Embroidery)
Gibbs Brewery, Salisbury
Portsmouth Dockyard – Mary Rose and HMS Warrior
Although the images and stories are twenty years old, the list still makes a great tourist guide to central southern England.
It’s worth remembering that a great many changes have taken place since this programme was produced, and not only in the attractions on offer. British Gas Southern is no more. Ward Sound Company has now become Focus, but still provides the same high production standards and creative client relationships.