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Take a march around the Dad’s Army trail and see the best of Bridlington’s Old Town

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Don’t panic! Here’s a great idea to fit into you stay at Bridlington Holiday Cottages. The 2016 big screen version of Dad’s Army was filmed in Bridlington and following the trail of the movie makers is a great way to explore the historic Old Town.

The transformation into Walmington-on-Sea

During filming, Bridlington’s Old Town was transformed into wartime Walmington-on-Sea, from where the Home Guard were led by the officious Captain Mainwaring in the hugely popular sitcom of the late 1960s and 70s.

In the movie, Mainwaring was played by Toby Jones who led an ‘A’ list cast of British actors including Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson, Sir Tom Courtney as Corporal Jones and Sir Michael Gambon as Godfrey. Joining them was Catherine Zeta Jones who played a wartime journalist.

Filming of the movie began in 2014 and lasted several weeks. Areas of Westgate, High Street and St. Johns Avenue feature in the production. The shops and buildings were transformed to resemble 1940s Britain, street furniture was taken away and the roads had a temporary surface laid to remove their modern day markings.

Bridlington’s Old Town

The Old Town offers a completely different experience to the bustling beaches of the sea front. The present town of Bridlington was originally two distinct settlements, and the community was about a mile inland. This area is now known as the Old Town.

Dating back to medieval times, nowadays the area is packed with traditional shops, eateries and pubs. The Old Town has two festivals each year. The summer extravaganza hosts concerts and exhibitions and is held in mid-June. The winter festival is a Dickensian-themed event, taking place in November and recreating Victorian times in a traditional English town.

The Priory Church

The Priory Church is also well worth a visit. It was one of England’s leading monasteries, originally constructed in 1113 AD. The Priory is open seven days a week and admission is free.

The Dad’s Army movie is widely available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Why not settle down one night during your stay, grab some popcorn and revisit the places you’ve been during the day? You can download a copy of the Dad’s Army trail from the Hull & East Yorkshire tourist information website too.

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