Petrol should be 3p a litre cheaper as costs fall, say RAC

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

THE Peaky Blin­ders gang are back in town and the back­streets of Manch­ester have been trans­formed into 1930s Birm­ing­ham as film­ing for se­ries five con­tin­ues.

Cil­lian Mur­phy, who stars as Tommy Shelby in the hit BBC gang­ster drama, was seen in the city as the cast and crew film a dra­matic fu­neral scene in and around Princess Street.

A horse-drawn hearse turned heads as it made its way through the city cen­tre this morn­ing, car­ry­ing what ap­peared to be a child-sized cof­fin with flow­ers spell­ing out Peter.

But who is Peter? No­body seems to know – but the spoiler is well and truly out af­ter be­ing pa­raded through the busy city to­day.

Film crews de­scended on Harter Street yes­ter­day, trans­form­ing it with pe­riod de­tails in­clud­ing cob­bles and an­tique lamp­posts ready for the shoot to be­gin to­day.

A build­ing nearby has been trans­formed into Birm­ing­ham’s FUEL re­tail­ers should be cut­ting the price of petrol by at least 3p per litre fol­low­ing a sud­den drop in the cost of oil and a strength­en­ing of the pound, it has been claimed.

The RAC said the whole­sale price of petrol has dropped be­low Snow Hill Sta­tion, with signs ad­ver­tis­ing train ser­vices to Chel­tenham, Ed­in­burgh and Lon­don, and vin­tage suit­cases piled on trol­leys out­side. Smoke can­nons cre­ated a misty, at­mo­spheric £1 per litre, mean­ing su­per­mar­ket pump prices should be around £1.25 tak­ing into ac­count de­liv­ery, profit and VAT. But mo­torists are still be­ing charged around £1.28 at the four big su­per­mar­kets, while the av­er­age price across all set­ting as the fu­neral pro­ces­sion marched past – and Cil­lian was spot­ted stand­ing nearby.

Film­ing be­gan in Manch­ester last month for se­ries five, which is mov­ing to BBC One from BBC Two.

Set in the wake of the fi­nan­cial crash of 1929, the lat­est in­stal­ment of Steven Knight’s crime fam­ily saga finds the world thrown into fore­courts stands at £1.32. RAC fuel spokesper­son Si­mon Wil­liams said: “Ma­jor fuel re­tail­ers should be re­act­ing to the sharp drop in the whole­sale price of petrol by knock­ing at least 3p a litre off at the pumps. Mo­torists have eco­nomic tur­moil. When Tommy is ap­proached by a charis­matic politi­cian with a bold vi­sion for Bri­tain, he re­alises that his re­sponse will af­fect not just his fam­ily’s fu­ture but that of the en­tire na­tion.

Mr Knight said: “Tommy Shelby faces the dark­est force he has ever faced and his strug­gle is as rel­e­vant to­day as it was then.” suf­fered with ris­ing petrol prices for most of this year. If prices don’t fall soon then we fear this will be fur­ther ev­i­dence of the so-called ‘rocket and feather’ ef­fect where prices go up far more quickly than they fall,” he said.

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