In reply to All:
My support too Mike, you are doing just what I would have done, and also with a heavy heart.
As you know I am heavily involved with a photographic forum and the legal standpoint is this; if you take the photo on public property or land you can do so without any comeback or legal obligation to the subjects of the photo and it matters not the age or gender, race or creed, you can also do what you want in respect of publishing said photo in any kind of media you wish.
In this instance I wholeheartedly agree that you sought the permission of the parents as it was the correct thing to do in respect of your friends in SOTA.
I too have been caught out a handfull of times and so now I am more than cautious. I was photographing my son Morgan playing for the local town football team, of which I am the coach, and one of the match officials came up to me and said “excuse me you cant do that here, you cant take photo’s of children like that” “I dont know you and you might be doing it for funny reasons” I asked him what he meant by funny reasons to which the reply was “You know, dodgy photos of kids” (shrugging his shoulders)
I said " First of all I am the team coach for Clitheroe Wolves FC, the team playing on the pitch, secondly one of the players is my son, thirdly I am in posession of my CRB certificate, and finally if you think I am of the dodgy type do you think I would be on the touchline with a £2000 DSLR, a huge great white 400mm lens, all attached to a monopod in full view of everyone ?"
He walked away and came back with the other team coach, who’s pitch we were playing on, and in a very civil manner asked me to stop taking photographs, as it is private land and if you dont comply we will ask you and your team to leave the ground.
My blood had reached well over the statute 100 degrees, but I had no option but to comply. How sad that in this day and age we cannot record our childrens activities for them and us to enjoy later in life as I now do with my father who was a keen amateur photographer. Sad very sad… Now if I had been using my mobile phone or a small compact hidden under my jacket, would it have brought the same response ?? Its crazy !!!