2012
12.08

News & Star
Cumberland News
20 November 2012

‘For security reasons, photography is not permitted at this event.’

These words of warning had greeted fans of Andy McNab in Carlisle last week.

The former SAS soldier turned bestselling author was appearing at the city’s Crown and Mitre Hotel to talk about his new book and his two careers.

McNab has never knowingly been photographed, other than in shadow, since leaving the SAS.

So how did the Bravo Two Zero author ensure that none of the full house of 240 fans sneaked a crafty photo on their mobile phone?

Gwenda Matthews of Bookends bookshop helped to organise the event.

“At the start of the event, people were asked not to take photos,” she reports.

“Had anyone taken a photo, Andy’s literary agent would probably have asked them to delete it. It seems this had happened once or twice on the national tour.

“Andy did not stay behind a screen, no mask, no balaclava – just himself in the open, much to everyone’s delight.

“He said the main reason for not taking photos is to protect the informants who worked with him who are still in Northern Ireland.”

The author spoke for an hour then spent two hours signing books – and, intriguingly, a My Little Pony – and talking to fans.

Bookends were allowed to take this photo, but not a great deal is revealed.

Mr McNab might struggle to have it accepted for his passport.

Revealed: The back of his head:

 

Source: News & Star Cumberland News (Photo & quote from Twitter)