Walking and talking on Penarth Pier are BBC Wales weatherman Derek Brockway (right) with sports commentator Colin Jackson – making another episode of the BBC TV Weatherman Walking series .(Facebook photo)

BBC Wales weatherman Derek Brockway – who also makes hiking documentaries – has been striding along Penarth Pier for the latest programme in his rambling series “Weatherman Walking” .

Keeping him company on this occasion was former hurdler, sports commentator and local resident Colin Jackson.

The original (1888) plans were for a Penarth Pier which would have been 750 feet long.

One of the recognised hazards of the seaside is, of course,  taking a long walk on a short pier . Although Penarth Pier  was originally planned to be 750 feet long, the design was  amended before construction to prevent the pier encroaching into the main shipping channel . The projected length was reduced to just 658 feet – so energetic walkers therefore need to remember to slow down and stop upon reaching the Piermaster’s cabin.

The end of the pier show: BBC Weatherman Derek Brockway prepares to shoot the next scene of his epic walk along the entire length Penarth Pier (Facebook)

Fortunately Messrs Brockway and Jackson managed to  come to timely halt at the pier-head where their BBC crew was waiting for them to carry on filming further sequences in the epic trek.

This particular episode of “Weatherman Walking” is due to be transmitted some time next year

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  1. Mike Yorke says:

    ……and they went to grab a quick coffee…….but it was closed

  2. sjleworthy says:

    … they went to watch a movie instead……which was also closed

  3. colin says:

    quck dance in Pegs, gone, oh well, back to the car park….gone too….

  4. Chris says:

    However Derek did stop for a Joes Ice Cream from Decks on the pier!

  5. Betty Swallocks says:

    I heard that Derek approached the TV hierarchy with a pitch for a variety show, and was told by one producer to “take a hike”, while another told him to “take a long walk off a short pier”. When he was told to “take a running jump”, a friend advised him that he would have to learn to deal with obstacles and take them in his stride, so he recruited Colin Jackson.

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