Turning Back Time in North Lancashire
12th September 2017
A group of film-makers have let dinosaurs loose in Lancaster city centre - but they say there's no need to panic - it's all part of a new online video channel to showcase their passion for North Lancashire and its heritage.
'LuneTube' features short videos covering everything from buried treasure on Morecambe Promenade to an iconic phone box in Priest Hutton. The film-makers say their aim is to show the beauty of North Lancashire but also quirky pieces of heritage and local stories that may not be widely known.
The dinosaurs feature in a film about Lancaster-born scientist Richard Owen, who coined the word 'dinosaur'. Through special effects wizardry, the creatures are shown wandering round Dalton Square and King Street.
The LuneTube team includes professional film-maker Janine Bebbington; who taught Film and Television Production at Lancaster & Morecambe College before going on to set up local company Gorgeous Media. Janine said, "There are so many untold or lost stories of our heritage around here that we thought it would be interesting to produce a collection of films to encourage everyone to look closer at what's around them - these films are short, entertaining and fun - and hopefully will get people talking about and sharing their own local history stories!
Local historian David Chandler presents a number of the films, as well as writing scripts: "they are really fun to research", he says. "We have uncovered lots of interesting stories that we hope will make people look at the area in a new light and I think we also show off just how beautiful North Lancashire really is. It's a great advert for our district."
Graham Fagan, who has contributed to some of the film ideas and whose son Louis recently starred in one of the films covering Georgian Lancaster, said, "The films are brilliant! They are short, bite-sized pieces that are perfect to watch online and I think viewers will be amazed at some of the things we have turned-up."
The team hope that viewers will suggest their own stories of interesting local heritage that can be incorporated into future films.
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