A few years ago I lived in Darlington, in the North East, for a year. It’s gorgeous up there and I really liked it, but nothing beats home for me. I adore my home county, Yorkshire. They don’t call it God’s own country for nothing. From the beautiful rolling hills as you drive along the M62 (waving as you pass the house in the middle of the motorway, which is there because the farmer refused to sell when they wanted to build the M62 so they had to build around him) to the cities of Leeds and Bradford, with their incredible, diverse communities-this place has it all. We have two Premier League football teams, great shopping, lots and lots of outside space to explore-unlike the stereotype,we’re not all flat caps and whippets up here.
I live in a small town called Brighouse, famous for the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, and the singer Roger Davies (who sings some brilliant songs that just sum up our local area perfectly) but it’s not just music we’re good at-recently we’ve seen quite a few TV crews too. With www.pcapredict.com championing how our local areas have been transformed on the screen it got me thinking about the programmes I’ve been watching that are filmed around here.
(Gorgeous hills about The Piece Hall, Halifax-we don’t usually have the Inflatables though)
Happy Valley, as well as being an incredibly gritty, gripping drama that I loved, showcased the very best and worst of Halifax. Last Tango In Halifax shows lots of our beautiful countryside, and The Moorside was a great representation of how the community in Dewsbury came together to help when one of their own, Shannon Matthews, went missing. My latest favourite, Ackley Bridge, is also set in Halifax. It’s incredibly exciting watching these programmes and spotting places we know-me and my Mum spend a lot of time rewinding to check if we did actually see the shop behind our friend’s house on the screen. There was also a very surreal day that I drove past the carpark at the bottom of our road and it was full of police-I started to panic until I spotted Sarah Lancashire and realised they were just filming Happy Valley there.
Seeing home on the TV is weird, but brilliant. I love that the rest of the UK, and maybe even the world, gets to see just how beautiful Yorkshire is. It really, really is.
Has your hometown been on TV? What programme?
*This post was written in collaboration with www.pcapredict.com as part of their #SeenOnScreen campaign, but as with all content on Inside Laura’s Head, all thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.