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"The Chewits monster"

Chewits - Bus depot destruction!

We scoured the length and breadth of the country for footage of the Chewits adverts set in Barrow-in-Furness, but it seems to have disappeared from the archives.

Here we present our reconstruction on a limited (ie: nonexistent) budget.

Chewits advert reconstruction

An enormous dinosaur rampages through the town, crushing everything in its path. Tearing buildings apart, he chews them up, leaving a wake of destruction behind him.

The creature strides across Barrow-in-Furness - will the bus depot be spared?
Seemingly from nowhere, a tube of Chewits appears and the hungry dinosaur is distracted.

Chewits reconstruction - Behind the scenes

No Chewits. No bus depot. But we weren't going to let that stop us.

Problem #1

Chewits advert reconstruction
Chewits-in-a-tube have disappeared.

Armed with a soft toy, we set off to buy Chewits. Not a tricky task, you might think. With the aisles packed high with Christmas fare, nowhere sold Chewits in a tube. The staff in Woolworths and Supercigs thought maybe they'd stopped making them.

While Lindsay tried to buy mens' green tights in Barrow indoor market, Suzanne found a small but very well-stocked sweet shop. Pat McEwan, the owner of Seaton's stall, came to the rescue. Hidden under the counter, Pat found several tubes of Chewits - in a tube!

When we explained why we needed them, Pat was delighted. She used to work in an office at the bus depot. The Chewits film crew gave the staff lots of presents - balloons and trinkets but strangely no sweets. Pat gave her freebies away to her young relatives.

Lindsay and Suzanne with the star of the show.

Lindsay and Suzanne with the star.

Pat's five-year-old niece recognised her aunt's workplace when the advert was shown on TV. She asked her, "Was it scary when the dinosaur came to the bus station?" Pat told her all about the day when the big dinosaur pressed its eye up against the windows of her office - the little girl was so impressed, she went to get her friends so they could all hear the story!

Problem #2

There isn't a 'Barrow-in-Furness bus depot'.

The bus depot may have escaped a grizzly fate at the jaws of a dinosaur but that didn't stop the planners pulling it down a few years later!

The Duke Street / Cornwallis Street area is busy with people and buses so it was a good second choice.
Trying to stage a reconstruction outside Forum 28 in broad daylight isn't easy, however. Most people assumed we were either drunk or crazy. Luckily, this isn't particularly unusual on Cornwallis Street.

Cast:
  • Small blue zipper-dinosaur - as himself
  • Lads from Alfred Barrow and Park View schools Unsuspecting members of the public
Behind the scenes:
  • Chewits supplied by - Seaton's, Barrow Market Hall
  • Mr Dino's personal assistant - Lindsay Jordan
  • Camera - Suzanne Worthington
  • Filmed on location outside Forum 28, Barrow-in-Furness
With thanks to Pat McEwan, the Barrow actors and anyone else who we inconvenienced or confused

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