Last Tango is back to help town’s tourism

Alan (DEREK JACOBI) and Celia (ANNE REID) in Last Tango In Halifax

Alan (DEREK JACOBI) and Celia (ANNE REID) in Last Tango In Halifax

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Last Tango In Halifax returned to our screens this week and the drama is expected to boost the town’s profile.

The series, which was written by Halifax-born Sally Wainwright, follows the story of Alan and Celia, childhood sweethearts who are reunited after 60 years.

The second series began on Tuesday night and attracted six million viewers, who were treated to eye-catching shots of the Halifax landscape.

Halifax Town Hall and Holdsworth House were also shown on screen during the first episode. Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Yorkshire’s exposure on a national and international scale continues to grow, from the Tour de France’s imminent arrival to major TV shows highlighting the county.

“Having Halifax as the backdrop to the hit television drama Last Tango in Halifax provides a great showcase for the town and can not only raise awareness, but help promote it as a destination.

“This, combined with next year’s Yorkshire’s Grand Départ going through Calderdale, will hopefully result in more and more people visiting the town during the coming years.”

Calderdale Council’s Leader, Coun Tim Swift, said: “We’re delighted that Calderdale is the focus of this hugely successful series.

“It showcases our borough to a national audience, hopefully inspiring people from all over the country to visit the area.

“It’s really exciting to see iconic buildings like Halifax Town Hall featuring in the programme.

“Our spectacular landscape, vibrant towns, quirky culture, rich heritage and community spirit make Calderdale a fantastic place to explore.

“We understand that raising Calderdale’s profile through filming can have positive impacts on our economy, including potential job creation, local spending by filming companies and a boost in visitor numbers.

“We support lots of filming activity, from high-profile adverts to dramas. Calderdale Council has recently signed a ‘Film Friendly Partnership charter’, which means we are committed to encouraging the development of film and television production in our area.”