Nov 15, 2013

Ex cop topples Agatha Christie off the No. 1 spot with Snow Kills. X Factor Winner Joe McElderry, ITV 1, BBC 1 & Media City! RC Bridgestock book launch tour!

DI Dylan’s 4th outing… Snow Kills…

Harrowfield had never seen snow like it for over 20yrs.

 PEOPLE GO MISSING EVERY DAY BUT IN SEVERE WEATHER THE NUMBERS INCREASE.

The launch tour….

Excitement, exhilaration, butterflies and anticipation… ANYTHING but calm described me as we left the Isle of Wight for our ‘Snow Kills’ book tour.  Bob on the other hand was his usual composed self – years of training I guess from his 30 yr police career. But, you didn’t fool me Bob Bridgestock I could see those little ruffled feathers under that cool exterior. ;-)

I’ve got to hand it to him. How on earth he managed to get all our baggage into the car was nothing short of a miracle – ‘packed to the rafters’ springs to mind!

Luckily the Wightlink, Solent crossing was orderly and with no nonsense we were off on time.

  

The wind and rain that had been promised held off and with little traffic, since we do the 300 mile journey via as many of the old roads and pretty little villages as possible, including The Fosse Way (Roman road in England).  It’s a lovely trip… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fosse_Way#Leicester_to_CirencesterO

Our first stopover was The Millers Inn, Sibson where Chris and the staff always make us feel welcome. Believe it or not the people on the table next to ours as we ate our evening meal were from Yorkshire – our destination. Another family recruited to the DI Dylan series.

Driving up to West Yorkshire on Saturday 2nd November.

Fog descended over the Peak District and the bleak Saddleworth Moors that still hold the secrets of the Moors Murderers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saddleworth_Moor

One can only imagine as we look over the miles and miles of bleak landscape how hard it was/is for the families and the officers who will never give up the search for the body of Keith Bennett. As an SIO where would you start here?

 

Lunchtime and we arrived in sunny Queensbury to pick up all the ‘props’ for the detective themed launch party planned at Prego the next day – and a cuddle with our fifteen month old grand daughter Annabelle and daughter Gemma.

Gemma & Annabelle

 

Goodness knows what Gemma & Andy’s postman must have thought as he delivered parcel after parcel, over the last few weeks from flashing blue lights, fake blood splats, crime scene tape to blooded weapon garlands.  Thank you both for all your help in sourcing these  items – you’ve been amazing!

We booked into Prego at Brighouse. http://www.waterfrontlodge.co.uk/About/

Our room for the next nine days was just amazing… Thank you so much to Lidia/Fiona/Vitorrio/Kelly and the team for making us feel instantly at home. If you stay in West Yorkshire we can most definately recommend Prego for home comforts and amazing food!  http://www.waterfrontlodge.co.uk/Waterfront-Hotel/Executive-Rooms.php  

Our first evening here was spent in the company of some very special DI Dylan followers who had travelled literally thousands of miles to be with us for the launch. Yin & Phil Johnson, International Private Investigators https://www.jjassociatesinternational.com/Home_Page.html travelled from Portugal and Karen & Sam had travelled from Portsmouth for the weekend. A fab night was had by all and the early night planned never was… ;-)

D - Day Sunday 3rd November and the day got off to the perfect start as sat at our breakfast table to surprise us was our oldest daughter Stephanie with her husband Stefano who had flown in from Milan.

Stephanie & Stefano!

una grande sorpresa  

Twice a year we organise writing competitions on the Isle of Wight to try to inspire others to read and write and in five years have raised over £5,500 for local charities – see www.iowwritingcircle.co.uk

With this in mind we thought it might be a nice idea to take this to West Yorkshire. This was only achieved with the  help of Melanie Hill, Editor of the Scallymag who put up a prize to publish the winners story of the under 14’s category in her ScallyMag Magazine. Lisa Farrand who arranged the judging and did all our running around. Mike Seager from Carr Green Primary School. Karen Lowry from Bridge End House Nursery & Yorkshire Actress Sharon Holland Taylor who took time out from her busy schedule to read out the winners stories/poetry. And not forgetting our sponsors Prego Italian Restaurant http://www.waterfrontlodge.co.uk/Prego-Restaurant/, Da Sandro http://www.dasandro.co.uk/, Huddersfield Town Football http://www.htafc.com/, Huddersfield Giants Rugby http://www.giantsrl.com/ , Euan Noble http://www.rokt.co.uk/, Big Blue Frog http://www.bigbluefrog.co.uk/ , Bridge Property Services, Brighouse,   Melanie Hill http://www.integritypr.co.uk/about_us.html, Sharon Holland Taylor http://actonitproductions.com/dirty-laundry, Manager Waterstones Kingsgate, Huddersfield, Manager Waterstones, Newport, Isle of Wight and the most amazing businessman who wishes to remain anonymous but bought the books we handed out as prizes. Thank you all so very much we raised £127 in total for the Forget Me Not Hospice in Huddersfield  http://www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk/ Although there was no charge to enter.

And the winners are!

Here with the winners are Jake Conner & Peter Aspinall from the Huddersfield Giants Rugby League Team

1) Isabelle Williamson

2) Karam Atwal

3) James Raw

 Runners up!

  • Oliver Hind
  • Thomas Robson
  • Emily Dodd aged
  • Chloe Buday
  • Ruby Atkinson

 10′s and under.

 1)      Alice Szul

2)      Iris Palmer

3)      Zaynah Murray

 Runners up!

  • Eve Thomason
  • Scarlett Rhodes
  • Ildiko Morgan
  • Naomi Panton
  • Mia Hawkins

 14’s and under

 1) Callum Petterson with Jake Conner & Peter Aspinall from the Hudds Giants

2) Ben Green

3) George Kelly

 Runners up!

  •  Alex Bracher
  • Joseph Shaw
  • Olivia Hopkinson

 

The winner of the Poetry Competition:-

 Chardonnay Simpson with Jake Conner & Peter Aspinall

Actress Sharon Holland Taylor reading  Chardonny’s poem

 

The event was a huge success as you can see from the pictures. Thank you so much to Jake Conner and Peter Aspinall who took the time out from their training with the Giants Rugby League Team to come along and present the children with their certificates and prizes.

 The youngest entrant Bella!

 

Snow Kills launch!

 

Guests reading the promotional boards

SNOW KILLS

PEOPLE GO MISSING EVERY DAY BUT IN SEVERE WEATHER THE NUMBERS INCREASE.

Hairdresser Kayleigh Harwood is reported missing by her mother a week after leaving work in blizzard conditions.

DI Jack Dylan and his team are called upon to assist uniform.

Kayleigh’s vehicle is located, her mobile phone inside but there is no sign of the young girl. Clothing is found on nearby moorland and the quarry is searched.

It is established that the nearest dwelling to where Kayleigh’s car is positioned is occupied by a lone individual, who is not all that she seems.

A thaw reveals human skulls in the division. Is there any connection to Kayleigh’s disappearance?  Dylan’s boss Chief Superintendent Hugo-Watkins thinks so and calls out the whole Major Incident Team, much to Dylan’s astonishment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Meanwhile Dylan’s wife Jen becomes distracted and distant as unbeknown to Dylan her ex fiancé is in their midst and stalking her.

DEDICATION.

To all our family for their continued love and support.

Our beloved golden retriever Max who sadly passed away in 2012 at the ripe old age of 15 but still lives on in the DI Dylan series. We’re not ready to let go yet mate…

To those who strive daily to make the world a safer place for everyone, by bringing to justice those Individuals who seek to inflict injury and suffering.

 

The ‘Snow Kills’ launch event started at 7pm although people started to arrive at 6pm… My whole intention of a nice soak in the bath and a relaxing make-over turned into a quick shower, no time to dry my hair and a quick slap on with the make up! It was a great night as you can see from the pictures below. Prego staff did us proud with a delicious buffet and we were surprised and humbled that Dylan followers travelled from as far as Bridlington, Scarborough, London, Sheffield, Wakefield and Nottingham to join us just for the night.

 

 
A massive thank you to Actress Sharon Holland Taylor once again for reading an extract from ‘Snow Kills’ to an enthralled audience – you were AMAZING!

 

 My ‘little’ brother to the right of Bob who gave a great opening speech. Thanks Steve!

 

Amanda, Hannah. Steve & Lucy

 

 

The Bridgestock brothers David, Bob & Norman and younger sister Janet was there but we can’t find a photo!!!
 
 
 
Rio Ferdinand signed shirt for auction.  Before the event many of you will have seen we had a signed Rio Ferdinand Manchester United Shirt given to us to auction. For the keen supporters of other football clubs I did try, but Manchester United were the only club up for giving us an item to auction for Help For Heroes, so thank you very much. This raised £150. We also raised approx £60 in total for the Poppy Appeal with also Poppy Appeal T-shirts signed by the Last Tango in Halifax cast on the night (courtesy of Lisa Farrand) and a collection.
 
 
 
 

Fun was had by all using the props in the ‘Wanted’ corner but you won’t get away with that disguise Bob & Yin!

 

 

Monday morning 4th  November 10.30 saw us sat in the BBC Radio Leeds studio with Wes Butters where we were described as his ‘Richard & Judy’ of West Yorkshire. This can be heard again on our publishers website www.caffeine-nights.com It’s always lovely to catch up with Wes and the team as Bob regularly comments on ‘breaking news items’ on the early morning shows.

With Wes Butters on his BBC Radio Leeds Show! Monday 4th Nov 2014 10.30

 

At 12.30 we were arriving at Batley Girls High School where Bob’s younger sister Carol works. We had lunch with the Principal, Head of the 6th form Dave Cooper as well as English Department teachers and the 6th form youth leaders. It is no surprise to find that they had just been awarded outstanding in all respects at OFSTED. What a fabulous school and such inspirational teachers and girls! Well done! Limited time do much more than a quick hello to their 6th form pupils in class we discussed a future event in 2014 – we WILL be back!

 

At Batley Girls High School with Pam Smith a Dylan fan!

At 5.45 we were on the set of BBC Look North and meeting Harry Gration & Charlotte Leeming in make up before our interview. Although Bob had met Charlotte before when she was a roving reporter (and she is just as lovely in real life as she appears on screen), we had never met Harry. He is just as laid back and welcoming as he appears on the TV. Thank you Sarah and the team for making us feel so welcome.

Bob in make up at the Beeb!

 

A still from BBC Look North on Monday 4th November with Harry Gration and Charlotte Leeming – you can see the full interview on our publishers website @ http://www.caffeine-nights.com/

 

Back home into the arms of our friends at Prego for a lovely meal and good company… we really couldn’t be doing it without you guys!

 

With another TV interview today at Calendar ITV, pre recorded this time at 3.30 (for tomorrow evening), in the ITV studio in Leeds, we had chance to catch up with our two week old grandson Cameron, seven year old grand daughter Hermione, daughter in law Elaine and our daughter Gemma and fifteen month old grand-daughter Annabelle for lunch at Prego. What a delight they all are…

Cameron, Bob & Hermione!

 

Annabelle

 

ITV 1 Calendar

 

With Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood at the ITV Studio office in Leeds

 

With journalist Sue Taylor in the Calendar TV offices in Leeds

Two trips to Leeds in one day is no mean feat as we’re not used to such traffic on the Isle of Wight!

It was so good to catch up with the very lovely Christine Talbot, Duncan Wood, Margaret Emsley and the gang. We recorded our interview but spent far more time chatting to everyone. Not like us at all I hear you say!  Love the Brendan Coyle & Scott & Bailey link guys! :-) Again you can see the full interview on our publishers website @ http://www.caffeine-nights.com/

 Bob outside the studios

Screen shot ot Christine holding up ‘Snow Kills’

 

Another screen shot of us on Calendar!

 

Once back at Prego we had a quick meal (thank you to the staff at Prego for helping us achieve meeting times and doing the washing that I needed doing ‘just now’!) and then straight into a meeting with the organisers of the Evening of Remembrance. The ladies of the Kirklees Mass Choir committee are quite an inspiration! You can join them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/KirkleesMassChoir or why not join them in person if you live in or around Huddersfield – contact Emily Reaves-Bradley for further info.

We are now all set for Sunday night at Huddersfield Town Hall – a night with the ladies, Joe McElderry and the Yorkshire Band http://www.ybrbl.com/ and by the way they have vacancies too – contact Louise Linguard Snape for more details.

 

WE HIT NO. 1 in British Detectives on the Amazon store knocking Agatha Christie off the top spot! Whoop! Whoop!

 

 

On Wednesday 6th November held more than a bit of nostalgia as we returned to the home of Huddersfield Football Town Football Club to see Mandy Taylor and have a meeting with their foundation director Sean M Jarvis. http://www.htafc.com/ Many a time Bob tells us he sat on his dad’s shoulders at the ground, watching the match and dripping juice, from his half time treat of a warm pie down dad’s neck!

Watch this space as we work towards an event with the Foundation next spring… It’s going to be fantastic!

The Huddersfield Town Football pitch from our meeting in the Directors box! Wow!!!

The John Smith’s Stadium
 

 

On Thursday 7th we had the pleasure of doing a literary lunch at Le Metropolitan http://www.lemetropolitain.co.uk/ in Halifax – my home town. Thank you to Chris, Gill, Tony, Diane & Lee – Sorry I don’t know everyone’s names but you were all fab! It was extra special as the audience was a lovely group of people and we had the most amazing roast beef and Yorkshire pudding! Our friends Sheila Hyde who worked for WYP, Janet & Ian Beckwith, Janet Carbone and Dorothy Brown joined us… Now you might have read about Janet (Dylan’s secretary in the Dylan series), & Dorothy the duties clerk at Harrowfield? ;-) These two worked with us at West Yorkshire Police for many years in the admin department.  Just found this on the Trip Advisor review!

 Thank you! :-)

   

 

Janet, Ian. Janet and Dorothy

“Perfect food for the occasion!”

Reviewed 14 November 2013 NEW

I was invited to a literary lunch in the salon upstairs adjoining the main restaurant and went somewhat reluctantly as the food at this sort of event is usually terrible, until now!! Who knew that “en masse” doesn’t have to mean rubber chicken and soggy veg?? This is the first time I’ve not gone home hungry!!! Great soup followed by wonderfully cooked roast beef and yorkshire pudding!! Can’t wait for the next event. Oh! and by the way the speakers, husband and wife team Bob and Carol Bridgestock were thoroughly entertaining. Nice to do something a little different on a cold autumn afternoon.

 Friday 8th November – Today was always going to be a special day….

 With Shirley Holt who we happened to bump into in WH Smith’s! I used to do Shirley’s hair over 30yrs ago!!!

International Private Investigators Phil & Yin Johnson come to visit us and bring Bob warm pork pies! For those who have heard Bob's Pie & Police Years talk you will understand! ;-)

Our book signing at WH Smith in Halifax went swimmingly! Met up with lots of Dylan followers and old colleagues! Great to see you Jacki! So many locals had seen us on Calendar and Look North that we made many new friends too.

 

At 3pm we headed off to the Forget Me Not Hospice in Huddersfield. Here we had a very special task to undertake as for those of you who have been following us we have been gathering signed books from our children’s author friends to give to the library at the Hospice. Not only did David Walliams support us by sending us seven books all signed and dedicated, but he also sent us a signed picture of himself. Other authors to say a huge thank you are James Mayhew, Phil & Deb Capon, Melissa Studdard, Catie Wilkins, Dee Kirkby & Darren Cockle.

We got stuck in traffic but Andy from the Huddersfield Examiner went to do another job and came back to take the snaps for the paper! You’re a star Andy! The article will be printed soon.

With Jason Costello

Jason Costello the head of fundraising gave us the amazing news that our prize ‘To be a named character in the next Dylan book & to visit the set of BBC 1 ‘Happy Valley’’ raised an astounding £1,300 for the Hospice at the recent fundraising ball… AMAZING!!! We also handed over the money we’d raised from the competition too.

 

We were taken on a tour of the Hospice by Jason – such an inspiring and positive energy fills the whole place. You are all doing an amazing job. We will be back to support you guys and for 2014 ‘The Forget Me Not Hospice’ is the charity we choose to support. If you could it would be amazing if you would support their http://www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk/blog/wishing-on-a-star or maybe buy a block for the wall of celebration http://www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk/wall-of-celebration - our next aim!

The books David Walliams donated - further pic from the Huddersfield Examiner with all the signed books and us to come!

 

On Saturday 9th November – An Arresting Incident in Waterstones Huddersfield!

 As usual we were overwhelmed with visitors to the store. Dylan fans old and new (including the police on duty) came in numbers to see us and buy the latest novel. ‘It’s just as it is boss,’ is the best recommendation we could wish for.

An 'arresting incident' in Huddersfield Waterstones! :-)

 

 

Izzy having fun with the 'Wanted' props

 
Sunday 10th November and the first time out of the captial city of London we were part of the Night of Remembrance

The poster for the night

Evening of Remembrance with The Kirklees Mass Choir, Joe McElderry & The Yorkshire Band of the Royal British Legion.

Guess this is one of those events we will never forget. It was a good job that I watched the ladies of the Kirklees Mass Choir in rehearsals without make up on… Walking up the steps of the church where the ladies were going through their paces in the afternoon we were ‘hit’ by the power of their voices. Learning eight songs in eight weeks  is by no means easy but boy did they deliver!

The choir and band on stage at Huddersfield Town Hall

 

How on earth they managed to sing after the ‘fuddle’ goodness only knows – I have never seen as many cream cakes! ‘Hats off’ to the lady who made the beautiful cake … Remember Me…

 

And this was just the 'puddings table'!

No sooner had we eaten but we were off to Huddersfield Town Hall – and guess whose dressing room was next to Joe McElderry’s? Hmmm… :-)

Dressing room next to Joe McElderry!

 We will never forget you…

And tonight I'm remembering my dad's older brother uncle Sydney who went away to war at 21yrs old and never returned.

And Bob’s dad RSM 1874679 Joe Bridgestock  who served with the Ghurkas in WW2 & was at Dunkirk where he was shot through the leg, mentiond in dispatches and awarded the prestigious gold leaf for his actions… And here is Irene Bob’s mum.

Bob's dad Joe Bridgestock's medals proudly hang on our wall at home...

 

Rehearsals going well and microphones in place we took our spot at the very top right hand corner of the choir.  Nervous? You bet!!! There was approx 1,200 people there and nearly 200 people on stage!

People are starting to arrive. Our view - top right above the choir...

 

It’s not often you can say you have shared a stage with a choir, a military band and an X Factor winner though is it?

All on stage - Joe McElderry, Kirklees Mass Choir. Yorkshire Band - Royal British Legion and us... 10th November.Thank you for the pic Liz Wright!

 

 

 

Our parting gift from Prego – Awh, we are going to miss you guys too…

Media City awaits us on Monday 11th for the read through of ‘Happy Valley’. We thought there maybe around a dozen people at the meeting but no, there was no less than fifty from BBC Commissioning Editor to Exc. Producer, BAFTA winning Scriptwriters and actors…. unreal. The faces that we only see on the TV were sat opposite us!

You are in for such a treat when ‘Happy Valley’ goes live in the Spring of 2014 – don’t miss it!

 

Into the BBC building and up to Red Productions!

 

View from our hotel bedroom window over media city

 

Still running on adrenalin and thankful that I spent the time scheduling our northern trip with minute precision beforehand. We left Media City on Tuesday 12th November, for Ettington Park.

 

Ettington is a beautiful place, steeped in history. It has Priest holes above the fireplace in the entrance hall that leads out, through tunnels, to the church in the grounds. A library we can only dream about and legends abound. Pitythat I slept through most of our visit.

Ettington Park Hotel

 

Took the 3pm ferry from Lymington on Wednesday – homeward bound and lots of washing to do! Hey ho! Back to reality – till next time. :-)

 Love from Carol & Bob xxx

www.rcbridgestock.com

  

 

  

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS;

Thank you to our publisher Caffeine Nights Publishing. The fabulous CEO Darren E. Laws and literary agent Monika Luukkonen for their continued hard work , support, dedication and tireless enthusiasm. Mark (Wills) Williams, once again, for the brilliant art work for the ‘Snow Kills’ cover and Gemma Bridgestock for her up to date knowledge of police procedure. We are also thrilled to welcome on to the DI Dylan series team Sandra Mangan for ‘Snow Kills’ – the most proficient of proof readers. We couldn’t do it without you!

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  • Bob and Carol

    That is a wonderful account of your launch !
    Well Done and Congratulations are in order. For being no.1 in the list and for a lovely record of your busy launch week.
    We were honoured to be a part of your special time.

    Lots of Love
    Yin x :)

  • Super blog guys -so proud of our family xx

  • You have both done fantastic, you deserve the best, your speaches, your blog and of-course your books are brilliant. Love and best wishes to you both from your sister Janet.xx

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