Richard III: Sharp intakes of breath and a round of applause greet revelation
The first broadcast trucks arrived at about 5.30am.
Press officer Peter Thorley was at the university to meet them at the start of a very long day.
After that, a steady trickle of reporters and photographers made their way to the university's council chamber and waited for news on the identity of Richard III.
By 9am the place was packed and everybody moved at a hurried pace.
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The photographers had eaten all the free bacon sandwiches and the echo of sound checks and pieces to camera reverberated around the large conference hall.
It was exciting.
Three of us from the Mercury – Laura Elvin, Maria Thompson and I – grabbed our places at the front of the room.
We were later joined by our boss, editor Richard Bettsworth.
At 10am, the presentations started and the room fell silent – even the din of snapping shutters had stopped for a second.
Then, deputy registrar Richard Taylor got things underway and, one by one, systematically and academically, the scientists and archaeologists involved in the project gave the results of their analysis.
For me, two moments stood out.
The first was when lead archaeologist Richard Buckley revealed to the world for the first time the photograph of Richard III laying in his Grey Friars grave.
The second was the revelation of the second living descendant and the identical match of the DNA evidence.
Geneticist Dr Turi King expertly built up the suspense with two DNA graphs of the living ancestors before delivering the money shot – Richard III's perfectly-matching genetic code.
For most people that was the moment the identity of the Grey Friars skeleton was confirmed.
Snaps and clicks were accompanied by sharp intakes of breath and murmurs.
It then fell to Richard Buckley to officially confirm the skeleton as that of Richard III and the throng of journalists broke into a well deserved round of applause – which, believe me, is very unlike a room full of journalists.
The snappers were busy taking photos.
Immediately after the presentations there was a chance for a question-and-answer session.
I took my chance and asked how close the project was to collapsing after running out of money.
I just wanted to be on the telly, really.
Then, after the academics had finished answering questions, the scramble for one-to-one interviews commenced.
Sky News and BBC bickered over an interview slot with one of the archaeologists and Michael Ibsen did his best to answer the questions of about 15 reporters who surrounded him.
I got a quick glance at the event risk assessment on Sunday and somebody had had the foresight to include "fights/physical injury" in the list of potential hazards – so they were covered.
By 1pm, most of the reporters had finished and the room slowly emptied, leaving the exhausted remains of the university team behind.