Pendle Movie Makers make film about Nelson's history

Members of an amateur film-making club from Lancashire have made a film about their town - as they did 50 years ago.

Pendle Movie Makers, based in Nelson, originally set out to capture the industrial town in the film Nelson '62.

Peter Copestake, who has been with the club since the late 70s, said they had been collecting footage to make a sequel for years.

He said: "It was such a tremendous success, we felt we should leave something for our successors."

The club has filmed public events, including the opening of the Arts, Culture and Enterprise Centre (ACE) in Nelson and office complex at Number One, Market Street.

They have also worked with schools to cover nativity plays and productions at the Pendle Hippodrome Theatre.

'Vanishing Britain'

Mr Copestake added: "We're very interested as a club, and always have been, in what's disappearing.

"The very first film that the club made was called Vanishing Britain. It almost brings tears to my eyes watching the knocker-up and the cobbled streets."

Ken Holgate was involved with filming parts of the original film.

He said: "It's not like now where you can let the camera run and just pick the bit you want.

"Unless you had bottomless pockets, you were conscious of the fact that it was so many quids-worth running through the camera.

"There are certain things in the original film which I still recall - the gathering of people at wakes holidays, the stations crowded and the steam trains coming in.

"A film is story-telling and if you like telling stories, film-making is a good way to do it."

The Pendle Movie Makers will finish filming the sequel at the end of the year, with the next sequence being Lancashire Day at the end of November.

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