Today is a dark day in Scottish memory. Who can forget the terrible day of 13th March 1996 when Thomas Hamilton walked into Dunblane primary school in Scotland and opened fire on a primary one class of school children killing sixteen pupils; fifteen aged five, one aged six, and their teacher.
Our sound guy struggles to speak about his experience of that horrific day.
For him it began with a phonecall to the office asking if we had a film crew in the Stirling area, as there had been a shooting. The tragic story of what had happened unfolded as he and our cameraman made their way from Glasgow to Dunblane. They were the second film crew to arrive on the scene and what stays with them to this day was the silence. Despite the presence of emergency vehicles and a rising state of hysteria, there was a silence which was overwhelming and eery.
There to do a job, our guys switched into professional mode and began filming. But they say it was surreal. To watch events in black and white through the camera viewfinder, concentrate on picture quality and monitor the sound they were recording, detached them somehow from what was happening before them. But that night it hit them. They watched the news on television and were distraught watching their own footage.
The news agency had our film crew return to Dunblane the two following days until, emotionally and physically drained, they could take no more. Besides it was time to let the stricken community of Dunblane rest and come to terms with its loss.
Fifteen years on we remember Dunblane and the young lives which were taken so cruelly from the world. Nothing like this must ever happen again.
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