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Following on from the hugely successful ‘My Calderdale’ in 2020 we are proud to present this 16th film - MY CALDERDALE TOO. Like its predecessor, it follows the stories of twelve interesting Calderdale characters who live, work or play amidst spectacular scenery and historic buildings in this beautiful West Yorkshire area.
Brian Highley was the organiser of the colloquially known ‘Krumlin Pop Festival’ in 1970 which left him bankrupt! His story of the fateful festival is graphically told with vintage photographs from the time and his story of bouncing back to become the question writer for Trivial Pursuit and becoming a successful author is highly inspirational.
Simon Windle is a sporting man too – he owns two racehorses! Not only that, but the Halifax Mount Garage proprietor also breeds rare bantams at his smallholding where his horse Alfie became the star of the show as he joined in the interview!
Ginger Taylor is a Todmorden legend and became the cult DJ of Northern Soul Music. After spreading his gospel across the north he expanded his reputation throughout the whole country and into mainland Europe, in addition to meeting many of his idols from the hotbeds of American soul in Detroit Michigan, Chicago Illinois and Memphis Tennessee.
Nicky Chance-Thompson tells of her vision behind the Piece Hall's transformation into an internationally admired, widely visited and musically successful attraction. In September 2021 over 40,000 people attended concerts she jointly promoted in the Piece Hall to add to the area’s established musical heritage.
The name ‘Worthington’ is synonymous with professional football across the world thanks to the skills of Shelf born Frank Worthington who sadly recently passed away. His two older brothers Dave and Bob tell the story of how they and Frank followed in their father’s footsteps to become professional footballers. Their stories are told in the park where they practiced their skills as boys and at the Shay where they both became professional players with Halifax Town.
Todmorden born Andrew Rawlinson learned his theatre management craft at his hometown Hippodrome Theatre before moving into managing ten theatres in the heart of the London West End.
The historic Halifax Minster is also featured as the Rev Canon Hilary Barber tells his story, including a visit to the final resting place of Ann Lister whose life is graphically told in the TV series ‘Gentleman Jack’.
Music again features strongly in this film with Darren Lee. By day he constructs custom built home cabins around the area to personal specifications, but by night is the leading Elvis Presley Tribute Artist for the Calderdale area and beyond and is very successful in raising funds for local charities.
From the Calder Valley we also meet the charismatic Les Cutts who is the Town Crier for both Hebden Royd and Halifax, we meet Les in Hebden Bridge where he tells his life story as Town Crier – Oh yeah, Oh yeah!!
Artistic director Alan Stockdill who tells the story of The Playhouse Theatre in Halifax before talking from the stage of the Viaduct Theatre about his two recent plays, "The Cow Fields at Slack Bottom" and "Trouble at Upper Thong".
Michael Ainsworth is the landlord of two Halifax town centre bars and founder of the Halifax Musical Heritage Trail. He gave up his job in education at Calderdale College to fulfil his dreams of successfully promoting music in his own venues to add to the town’s musical culture.
The filming of Holly Lynch, Member of Parliament for Halifax, took place at Ann Lister’s home of Shibden Hall bringing the history of the area, along with Holly’s visions and future plans together for the social and economical recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Landlubbers close the film with their latest song, written especially for the film – ‘The Grog Log Song’ which features the names of dozens of pubs from the Calderdale area