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Durdle Door, Cliff Richard and me

Cliff Richard once filmed a video for a Christmas single in Swanage and at Durdle Door. BBC Radio Solent's Jon Cuthill spoke to some of the people involved as they recalled their brush with the pop legend, high on a cliff. Were you there too?

A Christmas single from Cliff Richard is as much part of the festive period as turkey and Santa.

And after seeing the video on TV, BBC Radio Solent's Jon Cuthill decided to find out if any of his listeners had featured in the video for one of Cliff's most remembered Christmas hits, Saviour's Day, which was filmed in Swanage and at Durdle Door.

The song was released in November 1990, and the video was shot in the previous September.

It featured Cliff and a huge number of extras all dressed up in winter clothes, singing together on top of the Dorset landmark.

Cliff Richard on Top of the Pops, 1989

Cliff Richard on Top of the Pops, 1989

Scarves and hats

Angela from Bitterne in Southampton was on holiday in Swanage at the time and recalls seeing an advert asking for extras, all of whom had to be dressed in winter clothing.

A big fan of Cliff, she remembers running around the charity shops in the summer heat, trying to find scarves and hats.

And Mike Fox from Bournemouth played the lighthouse keeper in the video, complete with a captain's hat that he still has today.

He says his part involved him having to 'shield his eyes from the sun' and 'looking out to sea'.

Listen to Angela and Mike talk to Jon Cuthill, and if you were in the video, leave your comments below.

Jon Cuthill on BBC Radio Solent, weekdays 9 - 12.30pm.

last updated: 08/03/2008 at 12:54
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Have Your Say

Were you in the Saviour's Day video? Are you a fan of Cliff? Leave your comments below.

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Jane Frappart
My husband, Christophe, was in the Cliff Richard video at Durdle Door in 1990. He was a ski instructor at the time at Christchurch Ski Centre and he took a day off with a friend to go and be an extra in the video. The 2 of them were in their Christchurch ski jackets (blue, pink and yellow) but we have never been able to spot them ! This video is played in our house often as Christophe (2 months after the video) was severely injured in a road traffic incident in Bournemouth and has been left severely head injured and totally dependent on 24 hour care. At the time that Saviour's Day was playing frequently on the radio (Christmas 1990) Christophe was laying in Poole hospital in a coma and we played the song with the very poignant lyrics "Open your eyes on Saviour's Day" "Life can be yours if you'll only stay". We lived in Wool in 1990 and now we have moved to Kent. Christophe is still cared for around the clock.

i love cliff richard his song r great?????????

Gwyneth Giles
We had a mobile home at Durdle Door campsite and we were asked to come to the filming. It aws very warm and we were all dressed up for winter. It was agreat day and a lot of fun.

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