Top actors in town to tell canal’s story

Faye Greenwood, one of Grandma Pollard fish and chip shop, Walsden's, right hand girls is being thanked by Prunella Scales and Timothy West, with owner Tony Pollard
Faye Greenwood, one of Grandma Pollard fish and chip shop, Walsden's, right hand girls is being thanked by Prunella Scales and Timothy West, with owner Tony Pollard

Three members of one of Britain’s leading families of actors spent time filming in the upper Calder Valley over several days this month.

Timothy West and his wife Prunella Scales were making a television documentary for Channel 4 about the Rochdale Canal and its surroundings and the couple were also joined by their son Sam West.

Among those filmed were Todmorden Angling Society secretary Ray Barber, members of Hebden Bridge Little Theatre’s cast for its forthcoming play Kindertransport and Tony Pollard and his team at Grandma Pollard’s fish and chip shop, Walsden.

Ray said the show will be on More 4 or Channel 4 next spring and he was filmed at Sewage Works length. He feels it wasn’t the best spot they could have picked with just a few fish caught as they made their way from Sowerby Bridge to Summit.

“I would have much preferred two or three locks further up! Timony West and another bloke had a go at fishing but didn’t catch anything. I caught a roach on camera,” he said.

The previous evening Sam joined his parents who had watched the rehearsal at Holme Street and afterwards the family, impressed by the standard of acting, gave some general advice on acting and took a special interest in Colette McNulty, 15, who plays the lead in the play about a Jewish refugee child from Nazi Germany. Tea on the patio led to a convivial evening for cast, actors and crew alike.

On Friday Prunella and Timothy visited Grandma Pollard’s for their tea and had an enjoyable hour dining and filming. The Grandma Pollard’s team are all looking forward to seeing the results when the programme is screened next year.