Golden age

I enjoyed reading your tribute to Elizabeth Taylor when she visited Northumberland in 1960.

It reminded me of when a friend was walking the beach from Seahouses to Bamburgh on a day when Beckett was being filmed.

A stretch of beach below the castle was cordoned off but from the dunes they watched much of the rather boring takes, sometimes up to five times.

Richard Burton hates sand on his feet so there was a strip of imitation sand laid down to the sea-edge.

The boatman (Billy Shiel) must have been fed up, rowing Burton out a few yards, then back again time after time. My friend said she took her hat off to Liz, who sat outside a massive furniture van, knitting or sewing all day. How I wish I’d been there, Liz Taylor will not be forgotten and with lots of films on video tapes, my own favourite is The Taming of the Shrew, on old video tape.

We have a caravan at Newton Hall and always enjoy the Gazette from home too.

R McWiggan

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