Makes a Little Girl's Dream Come True
my husband and two daughters, Emma and Layla, were also lucky enough to
be there opposite Lynsey! [Diane is referring to Lynsey Calver, who was
also at the Around the World in 80 Days London premiere and wrote a story
about it.] We took Layla along as she wanted to give Jackie a drawing
she had done. Because she is in a wheelchair we asked a policeman if she
could be sited somewhere close to the barriers as there were so many people.
As the barriers were so high she couldn't see over. Before we knew what
was happening they had taken the four of us down the red carpet and placed
us next to the press enclosure!
We were just so lucky!
When Jackie arrived the crowd just started erupting and he run down the
line of fans opposite us slapping their hands and smiling. When he got
level with us we called to him and he turned and shouted that he would
come back to us! I was so amazed at his kindness because despite all the
hundreds of people calling for his attention he was as good as his word
and came over and spoke to Layla - he took her drawing and thanked her,
signed her sister Emma's homework book. We thanked Jackie and shook hands
with him and then to Layla's amazement he got right down, held her head
and gave her the biggest kiss! He really made one little girls day! My
only regret is that I was so stunned I didn't take the all important photo!
What a genuinely lovely man.
I did take 20 photos but have to confess most of them were of my feet
and the sky! I did however manage three. My photography is usually much
better but I think excitement took over! Even my husband had to keep telling
me to breathe!