WORKING AT CHRISTMAS: Watching the CCTV screens


Husband and wife Gary and Rose Dring will spend their Christmas Day behind East Lindsey District Council’s CCTV screens at Skegness Police Station ... though, largely, not at the same time.

CCTV operator Gary, 50, will be working the early shift from 7am to 3pm, before Rose, 56, a fellow CCTV operator, takes over on the late shift from 3pm to 11pm.

Gary said: “I’m hoping when Rose comes in she will bring me something to eat from where she has been for her dinner and I’ll have the kettle on for her.”

The couple, who met through work, will be monitoring CCTV cameras in Skegness, Ingoldmells, Alford, Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea, Louth and Horncastle.

They said CCTV comes into play for a variety of reasons on Christmas Day, be it helping to trace a missing person, perhaps a vulnerable family member with health issues, or monitoring industrial sites ready to alert police to any criminal activity.

It may even be keeping a watchful eye over Christmas Day revellers, still making their way home following celebrations overnight - perhaps braving the North Sea on the way.

Gary said: “They just don’t seem to want to go home.”

Both Gary and Rose described it was ‘rewarding’ work and it is a service the couple are happy to provide as part of a team, despite it being Christmas Day.

Gary said: “We still have a duty to of care to the Lincolnshire community.”