Friday, 22 October 2010

New movie celebrates Morecambe Bay's heritage

A new movie celebrating Morecambe Bay released on DVD and launched at Morecambe's Platform venue next month.

This event, hosted by award winning heritage film director Chris Abram, is very unique and features film and photographic material going back to early Victorian times. Playing for the delight of the audience as they arrive will be Morecambe Bay Brass.

Morecambe Bay Our Heritage is a double DVD telling of the heritage of Morecambe Bay from Fleetwood, through Glasson Dock, Heysham, Morecambe, Hest Bank, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth and along the coast via Silverdale and Arnside. It ends with a unique video tour around Levens Hall and gardens, the oldest topiary gardens in the UK, given by its owners Susie and Hal Bagot and their head gardner, Chris Crowder.

Featuring priceless vintage film dating back to 1901 and postcards going back even further, the film follows other award winning films from Chris Abram - The Lune Valley – Our Heritage and Bittern Country – Our Heritage, about Carnforth and the Arnside/Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and features lots of aerial filming as well as stunning high definition videography.

"Morecambe Bay is a beautiful area of Britain, the second largest tidal bay in the UK," says Chris, talking about the film on the Morecambe Bay Movie Makers web site, "fringed on one side by the magnificent peaks of the Lake District and on the other by the Arnside/Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the traditional seaside resort of Morecambe.

"Morecambe Bay – Our Heritage will also feature footage of the last horse and cart shrimper, shrimping by boat and also unique footage that I have taken of two of the last remaining Haf Net fishermen in the estuary of the River Lune. This is where they stand up to their chests in the estuary with wide nets on a long pole and catch the salmon as the tide comes in."

• Morecambe Bay Our Heritage DVD launch is at The Platform 7.00pm 23rd November. Tickets are only £6 and available from The Platform Booking Office, Tel 01524 582803 and from Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres.

Morecambe Bay Movie Makers web site

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