Here’s how I ended up spending a day with David Bradley.

David won a BAFTA in 1969 for his portrayal of Billy Casper in Kes when he was (I think) 11 years old.

It all started in Byker, Northern England, in September 2017 when I really did see a young boy carrying a hawk down the street against the urban backdrop.

This came to mind:

And I hit on the idea of recreating Kes themes images for Always Wear Red. Images like this, from 50 years ago:

And images like this:

And, of course, this:

I found photographer Dan Prince:

And falconer John Kirtley:

And one of John’s beautiful Kestrels:

I needed a Billy Casper and John’s son Ayden was perfect:

The photoshoot happened:

There were beautiful, unpredictable, nostalgic moments:

But I wanted more.

I wanted the real Billy Casper as well – I wanted actor David Bradley.

So I set out to find him…

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