Town’s at­trac­tion is the star of Chi­nese TV

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MIL­LIONS of peo­ple in thee Far East have been in­tro­duced to a must- visit tourist des­ti­na­tion – Stock­port Hat Works.

The mu­seum, on Welling­ton Road South, in the town cen­tre, fea­tured in a travel doc­u­men­tary filmed by a Chi­nese TV sta­tion.

A pro­duc­tion team work­ing for the Chi­nese Travel Chan­nel, which has an au­di­ence of around 12 mil­lion view­ers, shot scenes at the at­trac­tion last year.

And it has now been shown on the sta­tion to co­in­cide with Chi­nese New Year, a pe­riod where many peo­ple in the coun­try take hol­i­days.

Hong Yane Wang, pro­duc­tion manager for the sta­tion, said: “We found ex­actly what we were look­ing for in the mu­seum.

“The staff mem­bers were very help­ful, we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it.

“The show’s name trans­lates roughly from Chi­nese as ‘Bri­tain Fun For­ward’ and will in­tro­duce Chi­nese au­di­ences to Bri­tish tra­di­tions, crafts, his­tory and fine dining. They are a 24-hour chan­nel with a regular view­er­ship of 12 mil­lion.”

The pro­duc­tion com­pany be­hind the pro­gramme has pre­vi­ously pro­duced simi- lar shows on Ger­many, the Czech Repub­lic and Scan­di­navia. In the Bri­tish show Stock­port fea­tures for seven min­utes with footage of the viaduct and a guided tour of the Hat Works.

There were also in­ter­views with staff and old footage of hat work­ers.

Coun­cil­lor Pa­trick McAu­ley, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for eco­nomic devel­op­ment, said: “I’m thrilled the town I live in has found in­ter­na­tional fame.

“Stock­port has a great his­tor­i­cal her­itage and ap­pear­ing on Chi­nese TV will show the world it’s well worth a visit to ex­plore the his­toric town of Stock­port in all its glory.”

Coun­cil­lor McAu­ley, cen­tre, with the team from the Chi­nese TV Chan­nel at Stock­port Hat Works

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