For­mer Street star was back in town

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JON MACPHER­SON

MICHELLE Kee­gan re­turned to Bacup this week to film emo­tional fu­neral scenes for new drama se­ries Bras­sic.

The for­mer Coro­na­tion Street star, who plays mum-of-one Erin on the show, fol­lowed a white horse-drawn car­riage with a wicker cof­fin through the streets of the town.

The ac­tress bat­tled through the cold con­di­tions on but was pic­tured keep­ing warm with a hot wa­ter bot­tle and large padded jacket be­tween takes.

Bras­sic fol­lows the story of north­ern lad Vin­nie, played by This Is Eng­land star Joe Gil­gun, who suf­fers from bipo­lar dis­or­der and his best pal Dy­lan played by Rip­per Street’s Damien Molony, and Erin’s boyfriend.

Graf­fiti was scrawled on one Bacup build­ing with the words ‘Ter­ence McCann Made Him Do It’.

Flow­ers and tributes were also left at the scene with a pic­ture of Vin­nie and an ap­par­ent sui­cide note.

The hand­writ­ten let­ter read: “To my friends, to those I love, to those I leave be­hind. My time has come to say good­bye to you. My de­spair is too great.

“Ter­ence made me do McCann this. I’m ●● Michelle Kee­gan film­ing Bras­sic in Bacup sorry. The rea­sons will be­come clear.

Good­bye Haw­ley. Have a spliff and a drink in my mem­ory. Love you all. Vin X”

Bacup Cam­era Club chair­man David Green­wood at­tended the film­ing in Bacup town cen­tre and took pic­tures of some of the scenes. Main pic­ture by David Green­wood and in­set pic­ture by SS Dig­i­tal Im­ages

He told the Free Press: “It wasn’t a good day for film­ing. It was pretty gloomy in Bacup.

“Michelle was hold­ing a hot wa­ter bot­tle bless her. Can you imag­ine any nor­mal per­son walk­ing around Bacup with a hot wa­ter bot­tle?

“They wouldn’t last a day.”

Sev­eral road clo­sures were put in place by pro­duc­tion com­pany Bras­sic Park Ltd for the film­ing on Mon­day, No­vem­ber 26, with se­cu­rity per­son­nel and po­lice of­fi­cers also on site.

David said “There was a lit­tle bit of dis­rup­tion, par­tic­u­larly on Burn­ley Road in the morn­ing.

“One mo­torist was giv­ing one of the se­cu­rity guards abuse but there’s no need for it.

“There wasn’t any has­sle and the traf­fic kept flow­ing. Some­thing like this is good for Bacup. It puts a bit of money in shops.”

Bras­sic will be aired on Sky One in 2019.

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