Friday, 23 April 2010

The secret diary of an election photographer - Day 18

The day Nick offered me an ice cream and I turned it down...

Another debate over and another debate won for Nick Clegg - in my opinion and that of three of the five polls anyway.

And, for the first time in a week, we had the plane back again. So it was an early start to catch a flight to Newcastle and a rapturous welcome by local supporters before a visit to the Newcastle College of Aviation.

The college trains students in all aspects of the aviation industry and, at least from my point of view, was a great venue for photos.

After that, it was back on the plane for a flight to Norwich. Amazingly, we arrived early and had time to pause to stretch legs in a lovely leafy part of the Norfolk countryside just outside Norwich. Which is where the ice cream story comes in. It being my birthday, Nick offered to buy me an ice cream to celebrate. As the words left his mouth, the photographers ears pricked up. All sorts of dodgy images and captions came to mind and so, for the sake of the party, I respectfully declined.

The visit to Norwich was to a Morrisons store to chat with staff and customers - as well as to supporters. Great to see so many there and a fantastic reception.

Incidentally, whilst speaking to supporters, Nick was asked about the best part of the campaign so far. He said there were two - the incredible number of young people who have registered to vote and are now campaigning and the #nickcleggsfault hashtag which has taken the twitter-verse by storm since the attacks on Nick by the rightwing press.

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