Old ambulance earns its keep as TV extra

Source: This is Retford
Date : 29 Jan 2009
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Old ambulance earns its keep as TV extra

AN old ambulance which is being restored to its former glory is having a new lease of life appearing alongside famous actors on television.

The former St John Ambulance, once used to take injured miners to hospital, has been restored by Harworth man Steve Adams.

In recent years it has appeared in shows such as The Royal, and now it is set to be the featured vehicle in a new TV series starring Hollywood actor Sean Bean.

The vehicle, made in 1975, had been used by the Harworth Colliery band to carry equipment before it was bought by Steve a few years ago.

Since then Steve has been restoring it in a bid to bring it back to its former glory.

And it is its appearances on the small screen that have helped fund some of the restoration.

This latest drama 'Red Riding' is a three-part thriller set in Yorkshire in the 1970s and 80s and in one of the scenes Sean Bean will be thrown out of Steve's ambulance.

"It's good to see the ambulance on TV," said Steve.

"It's nice to see that it's become a little bit of a star itself."

Steve himself has worked as an extra on film and TV sets for more than 16 years and can often be seen drinking a pint in Emmerdale's Woolpack or in the Rovers Return in Coronation Street.

He drives the ambulance itself in The Royal TV series.

Steve says there is still some work to do on the ambulance before it is fully restored, but hopes to complete it later this year.

"It's nice to know the ambulance has been saved and if it can earn its keep and pay for itself then that will be great."


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