The streets and shops of Clitheroe taken over for the next film Take That
The streets and shops of Clitheroe have been taken and transformed for the upcoming film Take That, Greatest Days.
The postcard town of Ribble Valley hosted the cast and crew last week. Principal filming locations have included exterior locations and shots on Moor Lane, Castle Street, Church Street, York Street and Market Place. The film, which is based on the 2017 five-piece 90s musical The Band and was written by Tim Firth, best known for his work on Calendar Girls and is directed by multiple BAFTA-winner Coky Giedroyc.
It will feature five relative newcomers playing band members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange, while other main cast members include Nighty Night Marc star Aisling Bea of Doctor Who. Wootton, Lara McDonnell, Jessie Mae Alonzo, Nandi Hudson, Carragon Guest and Eliza Dobson.
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Aaron Bryan, Dalvin Cory, Joshua Jung, Mark Samaras and Mervin Noronha will star in Take That and they were spotted alongside production crews filming wedding scenes in Clitheroe, while comedian and actress Aisling was seen on set in a wedding dress. Check out the Clitheroe locations you might be able to spot when the film releases in 2023.
Bakehouse Doe, market square
On Monday, the bakery hinted that the shop was getting a bit of a makeover on Facebook, asking fans of the sweetspot, which specializes in donuts, milkshakes and cakes, what they thought the changes might be.
Then the next day, they posted an image of the film crew and cast outside the store, with the store facade altered. The store could still open so customers could pop inside for cake and coffee during filming.
Clitheroe Books, Moor Lane
Store owner Paul Hamer hopes featuring Clitheroe in a film could have long-lasting positive effects on the town, despite the disruption of road closures. In preparation for filming, the teams straightened and refined its windows.
Paul says the town’s old streets and castle provide good visual locations.
He added: “I welcome the publicity for the town. Towns in Lancashire such as Preston, Blackburn and Burnley are doing good things to promote the towns after the pandemic. But I fear the Ribble Valley seems to be slower and more low-key, but I welcome that and it’s a good thing Ribble Valley Council has pushed the area into the film industry.”
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