Cameras roll at markets

A NORTH Northumberland film production company has launched a new project that will see them working with four schools from the area.

Luk-Luk Productions, based in Seahouses, is making a film on farmers’ markets in the Northern Uplands as well as looking at the markets in Alnwick, Morpeth and Hexham.

It will be a look behind the scenes at the markets, a fly-on-the-wall documentary to look at the people involved with them, and it is due to be shown on the Horse and Country channel on Sky next year.

As part of the preparations for filming, schoolchildren from Glendale Middle School, Wooler First School, Dr Thomlinson’s CofE Middle School and Rothbury First School will be involved.

Producer Jimmy France said: “The actual remit is to involve four schools in the research and planning to deal with healthy living and farms so it fits in with their curriculum.

“All four schools are very enthusiastic to take part. When the schools are back we can get cracking with the two-hour workshops in the schools.”

The documentary, which began filming at Greenhead in August, will be presented by former ITV Tyne Tees weatherman Bob Johnson and North East actress Nina Eames. Filming will be completed by March next year.

But Jimmy said they are still looking to talk to anyone involved with farmers’ markets in the region.

“We want to interview anyone who can remember early farmers’ markets,” he said. “We are looking for members of the public that have attended these markets for years and have stories to tell, like anybody who has met at the markets.

“Maybe there are people who got married after meeting their spouse at the market.”

Funding for the project came from Defra, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Leader.

Jimmy also thanked Philippa Craig and Tom Burston from the Northumberland Uplands Local Action Group (NULAG) for all their support.