Thursday, 10 May 2012
Paper late: London lottery on Tariff Street
Wandering along Dale Street last Thursday afternoon to meet up with a friend at Teacup on Thomas Street, I was stopped in my tracks by a group of onlookers. They were watching as Dale Street and Tariff Street stepped back in time to become 1960s London. I have always wanted to go back in time to revisit the London I grew up in, but I never expected to walk straight into it in downtown Manchester...
The filming was of an advert for the lottery, so a cameraman told me. Two 1960s cars and a huddle of be-scarfed and hatted pseudo cockneys were milling about, as a newspaper man sold the London Daily Chronicle.
I immediately saw some historical anomalies- I think the Daily Chronicle finished in the 1930s, and two of the other signs above scream pre-World War II to me. I suppose they may still have been around in some parts of the capital in the mid 1960s. The "geezer" selling papers and most of the actors however did look 1960s, as were the two cars.
The Northern Quarter has now stood in for New York (Alfie with Jude Law, and Captain America) and London (in the first Robert Downey and Jude Law Sherlock Holmes film). Does anyone else know of any Northern Quarter or Manchester film sets? I know it's been used in several recent tv productions which were actually set in Manchester.
See the Signs, Signs blog for more signs from all around the world this week.