One of Worthing’s iconic seafront attractions is featuring in a BAFTA-nominated film, released today (Friday, 11).
The town’s Lido has been used as a backdrop in Hollywood blockbuster Stan and Ollie.
The film, which stars Steve Coogan and John C Reilly, is the story of comic duo Laurel and Hardy on their final UK tour in 1953.
Worthing borough council, who own the Lido, hope to encourage more film and television crews to use to the town as a prime location in future.
Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing borough council’s executive member for regeneration, said:
“Worthing has a fine heritage when it comes to film with some of the first moving images in the UK created on our very own pier.
“More than a century on I’m delighted to see that continuing with this high-profile feature-length production about the world’s favourite comic duo shot on our seafront.
“With the movie now released I know I am not the only one who is looking forward to seeing Worthing on the big screen.
“The feedback we received from the production company was excellent and I know that word is getting round about the beautiful coastal, urban and country backdrops that our town has to offer.
Filming for Stan and Ollie took place in the town in 2017 by BBC Films and Entertainment One.
According to council officials, crews added 1950s decor to the Lido, complete with a mural which remains in place today.
The authority said they have teamed up with Sussex Film Office to create a new app to promote prime locations direct to firms.
(Featured image credit to Entertainment One)