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Last Tango In Halifax set to boost tourism

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Tourism chiefs are expecting a spin-off from the hugely popular TV drama series Last Tango In Halifax.

Written by Halifax playwright Sally Wainright it will return for a second series this year.

The series is built around childhood sweethearts who are reunited after 60 years and has gripped TV viewers with nearly seven million tuning-in.

Katie Kinsella, Calderdale Council’s Principal Officer for Tourism, said: “It is fantastic that Halifax has been the focus of the hugely successful romantic drama.

“The series highlighted beautiful areas of Calderdale and West Yorkshire and it would be great to see more of what Halifax and Calderdale has to offer in the second series.

“It is likely that the series will have sparked interest in the area, particularly with group travel operators who are always looking for new areas for day trips.

“The dramatic scenery, listed buildings such as Halifax Minster and The Piece Hall, award winning attractions including Eureka! and Dean Clough, and independent shopping within the town’s compact scale make the area easily accessible to explore.”

The council expects more tour operators to contact it ahead of summer itineries being drawn up and it is talking to the programme’s producers to make them aware of possible locations when filming resumes.

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Locations used in the last series were Hebden Bridge (for location of “Skipton” car parks); Sowerby Bridge Railway Station; Ripponden (exterior church); Heptonstall (flashback) and various roads around Mytholmroyd along with scenic shots showing landmarks such as Wainhouse Tower.

Independent research found that the tourism economy is worth around £250 million to Calderdale, supports 4,200 jobs and is growing at five per cent annually. Calderdale receives over three million visitors every year.

 

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