The Heart of Billinge
by James West
tell us about yourself:
Im thirty-five-years old and originally from Blackburn. When
I left college I moved to London where I worked as a sound engineer for
eight years. While I was in London I met Lucy, and we decided we had to
escape from the capital. I now work in Liverpool city centre and Lucy
commutes to Manchester so weve split the difference and moved to
Wigan. Our two-year-old son Jack keeps us busy and gets cheekier and cheekier
your story about?
My son, Jack, was born two years ago at Billinge Hospital just outside
Wigan. The hospital was home to maternity services in the area for a long
time. Most of my neighbours were born there, as were most of their children.
It was where my wife Lucy went for her antenatal checks. It was where
we first saw Jack on the scanners grey screen. And it was where
we he was born.
stand on the brow of a hill and are visible from all around I think
Ive got an unreasonable emotional attachment to the place.
you choose to tell this particular story?
Billinge hospital has now closed and the developers are moving in. Making
this film has helped me sort out my feelings about this. At first I was
saddened by it, but now I realise what precious gifts Billinge Hospital
has given the community over the years.
the experience of making your digital story like?
I loved it, having written the script, chosen the images and then put
it all together using professional software I feel a real sense of achievement.
I also feel a real sense of ownership of my film. It is my story and I
made it happen.