Coronation Street’s Fleetwood viewers may think there’s something a bit familiar about a scene aboard a trawler due to be shown tonight (Wednesday).
Lloyd Mullaney (played by Craig Charles) and Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) will be seen trying to celebrate the absent Steve McDonald’s stag do – but things go amiss and they end up on a trawler in Liverpool.
They made a short visit and decided it was just what they needed, and a few weeks later they came over to film
However, the scenes weren’t shot in the Mersey port but in Fleetwood, aboard the heritage trawler Jacinta.
Show producers were looking for a suitable vessel in the North West and made contact with the Jacinta Trust about using the trawler, berthed in Fleetwood’s fish dock.
The Trust did not need much persuading!
Lionel Marr, chairman of the Jacinta Trust, said: “It came out of the blue but we were all excited and thought it was a bit of a coup for Jacinta, and Fleetwood.
“They made a short visit and decided it was just what they needed, and a few weeks later they came over to film.
“Altogether we’re talking about a scene lasting about three and a half minutes, yet it took around nine hours to actually film.
“It was quite an eye-opener, these people work very hard.”
Filming took place on April 16, and the day began when three catering vans and portable toilets arrived.
Then at 11.30am came the technical equipment, including all the cameras and lights, and all the production team.
Filming began at 2pm, and apart from an hour’s break for dinner at 7pm, the work continued until just after 11.30pm.
Lionel added: “We saw the filming as it happened.
“They started out with three or four rehearsals, then five or six filming out-takes to make sure they got it right.
“You don’t realise what goes into filming a short scene, it was a wonderful experience.
“We helped out by doing a bit of scene-shifting, and we ended up having the three-course evening meal with the crew, in a double decker bus that was parked up nearby.”
Lionel said both the actors were very down to earth and friendly.
He added: “There was nothing ‘luvvy’ about them, they just got on with it and they were happy to chat, when they had the time.”
There has been a fair amount of filming in Fleetwood recently.
In the same weeks as the Coronation Street shoot, a German crew were filming on the docks.
And Fleetwood and Knott End was also captured on film during the recent broadcast of the gripping drama Safe House, starring Christopher Eccleston.
Lionel added: “Hopefully these experiences will help put Fleetwood on the map and attract more film crews in the future.”