November 18, 2014
Bridlington. It’s not the first place you think of when you mention Hollywood glitz and glamour but recently a host of big named stars have been skulking around the seaside town, trying not to be recognised by the locals.
That’s because it is being used to as the backdrop for the remake of that most loved of sitcoms, Dad’s Army. (Apparently Bempton Cliffs will serve as the white cliffs of Dover, which is ironic because we’ve always thought ours were better anyway!).
Michael Gambon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Lancashire and Bill Nighy have all been lucky enough to sample the delights the town has to offer, which includes world beating fish and chips, the freshest sea air and the famous warmth of Yorkshire folk.
And warmth is something they may well need as the East Coast in October is hardly inviting to visitors more used to the Californian sun.
Of course there’s nothing you can tell us about the winds that blow off the North Sea and chills you to the bone, Bridlington is in our home county and we’ve delivered fuel to East Yorkshire’s farmers and sailors for 140 years – long before Captain Mannering’s Home Guard was needed. We’ve seen world wars come and go and we’ve played our part in them too. In fact Rix Petroleum is has been delivering fuel to help support the equipment on set a couple of times this month, this isn't the first time we have been on a film set, with Rix also filling up on the Heartbeat set in North Yorkshire.
So when all the stars have gone back home and the film is a distant memory, we’ll still be there quietly serving the people of East Yorkshire. In fact, rather like the original series of Dad’s Army, which has for years been the default fall back for any gap in the schedule, we’ll go on. And on. And on. And on and on and on!