Stars in their eyes as film crew cash soars to £2.5m

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE bor­ough’s star­ring role for film crews and Hol­ly­wood heavy­weights has helped pump more than £2.5m into Cheshire East’s econ­omy.

Those in charge of the cof­fers at Cheshire East Coun­cil say the eco­nomic value of film mak­ing in the bor­ough has shot up to £2.5m – mak­ing it one of the most pop­u­lar lo­ca­tions in the coun­try for film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tions.

Pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies spent more than 182 days work­ing in Cheshire East last year, spend­ing more than £2.5m in ho­tels, restau­rants and shops.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from Cre­ative Eng­land, there have been 41 ti­tles which have utilised the char­ac­ter­is­tic set­tings of Cheshire East, in­clud­ing Foyle’s War, Peaky Blin­ders, The Vil­lage, Real Housewives of Cheshire and Scott and Bai­ley.

Oth­ers in­clude the £100m fea­ture film Tarzan, The Driver and Last Tango in Hal­i­fax.

Chil­dren’s pro­grammes, fac­tual doc­u­men­taries, com­mer­cials and mod­el­ling shoots have also com­bined to give the bor­ough’s ho­tels, B&Bs, restau­rants and cafes a huge in­come boost.

Leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, Michael Jones, said: “This is as­ton­ish­ing. Three years ago the eco­nomic value from pro­duc­tions was just £600,000. Now we are at £2.5m.

“While some of the pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies in­volved are based at Me­di­acity in Manch­ester, many are from other parts of the coun­try, in­clud­ing Lon­don.

“And they of­ten hire lo­cal peo­ple and lo­cal crews to make it hap­pen, so there is a real jobs ben­e­fit from all this.

“This must mean that our rep­u­ta­tion as a good place to film pre­cedes us.”

Robert Viglasky

●● Lau­tie Borg, the pro­ducer of the sec­ond se­ries of Peaky Blin­ders out­side Christ Church, Mac­cles­field

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