POPULAR ITV drama series Foyle’s War has brought its television crews to Chester's historic streets.
The war-time drama series started setting up for filming in Albion Street at 7.30am yesterday and were filming in Chester throughout the day. They were using Albion Street and adjoining Steele Street, which are in a conservation area, to recreate similar streets in London.
Excited locals went down to the shoot to take pictures and a crowd of about 30 people gathered to watch as the cast and crew rehearse and film takes of the programme.
The Albion pub sits on the corner of the road and licensee’s wife Christina Mercer said: “They are using the outside of the Albion for scenery. They obviously want to use this street because it will look authentic and it looks like it has worked very effectively.
“The actors are using the inside of the Albion pub as a place to rest and we hope that it will be a good advertisement for the area.
“It’s lovely seeing them come to Chester and for the locals. It’s nice that they appreciate the architecture of the area.
“One of our customers is an extra in Foyle’s War. I didn’t know – until one day he came in with a trilby and overcoat.”
The production company behind the ITV drama series had the road closed off for the day and a congregation of Chester residents gathered to watch as the crew rehearsed their scenes.
Albion Street and Steele Street were chosen to be the focal point of the shooting because of their historic Victorian housing. Previously the crew were filming in Liverpool and Manchester but decided Chester was more suitable.
Donald Cameron, location manager for Foyle’s War, said “The series is set in London and Albion Street’s housing is similar to London’s.
“Another advantage is that it is a protected area so there is not much street furniture for us to move and there isn’t much to cover up to make it look Victorian.”
Albion Street resident Patricia Garvin said: “They have been very nice and pleasant to the residents. They told us to park our cars away today and they gave us a good three weeks notice.
“At first I thought it was an April Fools joke until my neighbour told me that it was for real. They then put a note through the letter box.
“There are few streets you will find anywhere that will look as authentic as Albion Sreet.”
It was made to look like a war-time market place for filming while the television crew were stationed in the Albion Street car park.
Alternative arrangements had been made for people park away from street and diversions were in place.