Rail­way jour­ney takes in silk her­itage

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE town’s silk in­dus­try is be­ing cel­e­brated in a tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­tary this week.

Con­ser­va­tive min­is­ter turned broad­caster Michael Por­tillo headed to Mac­cles­field for his BBC se­ries Great Bri­tish Rail­way Jour­neys, film­ing at Adam­ley silk mill in Lan­g­ley and neigh­bour­ing project Doe Meadow, which has a Silk Gar­dens ex­hi­bi­tion demon­strat­ing the jour­ney of silk from China to Mac­cles­field.

Chris Studds, who runs the ex­hi­bi­tion at Doe Meadow with wife Sara Rod­way, said: “Michael Por­tillo and the cam­era crew vis­ited Mac­cles­field one Satur­day in May when the sun was shin­ing.

“They used out­side shots of our mill here at Doe Meadow and then went into Adam­ley tex­tiles to film the silk screen print­ing.

“He kindly had a look in­side the Silk Gar­dens but th­ese will not fea­ture in the pro­gramme. The pro­ducer said the gar­dens needed a pro­gramme all to them­selves.

“Sara was in charge of the chick­ens to make sure they be­haved and kept in shot as Michael walked down the length of the mill.”

Great Bri­tish Rail­way Jour­neys is on BBC2 on Fri­day, Jan­uary 8, 6.30pm.

●● Michael Por­tillo filmed at Adam­ley Mill and Doe Meadow for Great Bri­tish Rail­way Jour­neys

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