Thursday 26 April 2018

Are you sure that's wise, sir? Bridlington in Dad's Army Walmington-on-Sea coup

Bridlington doubles as Walmington-on-Sea for the film version of Dad's Army
Bridlington doubles as Walmington-on-Sea for the film version of Dad's Army

Civic leaders want to twin the seaside resort of Bridlington with the fictional setting of Dad's Army, Walmington-on-Sea.

Scenes for a new film of the BBC hit were filmed in Bridlington's old town, doubling as wartime 1940s Britain.

Stars such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, who plays a reporter, Sir Michael Gambon as Private Godfrey and Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring were seen in the East Yorkshire gem's old streets.

Now civic leaders from the Old Town Association want to make a firm association with Dad's Army ahead of the Universal Pictures movie release next year by twinning it with Walmington, even though it is not a real place.

Mayor John Copsey and town crier David Hinde came up with the idea.

The mayor said: "We have already seen an upsurge in tourism.

"We have had a lot of positive comments about twinning."

Mr Hinde, who is press spokesman for the Old Town Association, said York had twinned with its historic predecessor Jorvik, to great success.

He added: "We want to get this organised because there is a lot of enthusiasm locally.

"I hope the film is a major success worldwide, and I think they will do justice to the original characters.

"If you combine the stars with the scenery and the heritage of the area, it will be quite special for Bridlington old town."

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