Sound man stages return for QT
THIS Thursday's Question Time from Elgin Town Hall will be something of a homecoming for a Moray-born man who left the area three decades ago to pursue a career in broadcasting.
Andrew Carey lived in the area until the mid-1980s, having spent his formative years in Lhanbryde, Fochabers and Lossiemouth.
After years of being closely involved with the Moray and Scottish youth theatres as well as Moray Firth Radio as a volunteer, he left Moray for London to follow his ambition of working in broadcast sound.
Andrew said: "As one of the original members of the Moray Youth Theatre, I spent a lot of time in the Elgin Town Hall doing the sound for many of their productions, and also got to help out on many of the other events in the hall that required sound stuff doing."
So when Andrew discovered that the BBC's Question Time was going to be recorded at his old haunt on May 16, he contacted the production company and offered his services to work on the show as a sound assistant – and won the work.
Andrew worked for BFBS Radio and TV for 30 years, and for 20 years for Sky TV up until early 2016.
After two and a half years in Singapore with the Royal Navy on maritime security work as a Royal Navy reservist, he returned to the UK and worked freelance in broadcast sound.
Andrew also plans to visit his dad, Vernon Carey, who still lives in Lossiemouth.
Show host Fiona Bruce will invite the Elgin audience to put questions to a panel of politicians and other public figures during the programme, which will be broadcast at 10.35pm on BBC One on Thursday.