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Monday, 14 March 2011 (3012975)
Film crew arrives for pub battle
by David Simister


THE cameras have been rolling in West Lancashire this week after filmmakers arrived in Hesketh Bank yesterday to chronicle the battle to save the historic Becconsall Hotel.

Camera crews from Sheffield-based production company Sort Of... Films spent yesterday in and around the village filming for a documentary they are creating which focuses on the decline of community pubs, and which will feature The Becconsall Hotel, on Station Road, prominently when work on the film is finished later this year.

Una McBride, of the Save The Bec Campaign, appealed in an open letter to the village's residents to get involved, and wrote:

“They the film crew want me to have chats with local people on camera and want to look at two main aspects. Happy Memories – stories of good times at The Bec. Maybe you had your wedding there, your 21st, your engagement , Hesketh Bank Silver Band practice, Christmas Day, and so on. They want to hear your stories about your happy times and about how you feel about how The Bec brought the community together and brought life and happiness to people.

”How you feel about the demise of The Bec, pubs, communities in general? Why do you think this has happened to The Bec and to other communities? What do you think The Bec in it’s hey day added and brought to the community? What do you think is the impact of its closure on the community now? Do you think all villages are becoming the same? Do you think that community / community spirit is breaking down? This is your chance to have your say about how you feel.“

In January Sort Of... Films told The Champion they were looking to feature The Becconsall, which closed in 2009 and has since been threatened with demolition, because it has a very strong campaign behind it.

”The documentary is intended to be a campaign film to be shown on the festival circuit, and we're hoping to get an audience of between 20,000 and 30,000 people for it, including lots of executives from the pub and brewery industries,“ said Ed Cartledge, the film company's spokesman.

”It's still in the early stages yet, but if there's enough of a story behind The Becconsall we may make it the main feature of the documentary.“

Did you get involved in the filming in Hesketh Bank yesterday? Let us know your story by getting in touch on 01704 392404 or send an email to david.simister@champnews.com






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