The making of the third video
The DVD case artwork of the third video,
the 1950s railway station at Willaston, Wirral, and the Bridge of
Sighs in Chester
A weathervane in Daresbury featuring
characters from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland"
WORK on the video featuring the
northern part of Cheshire West and Chester Council area was
abandoned (temporarily!) after appalling summers in 2010 and 2011
- and almost in 2012.
Excellent progress in a sunny
June 2010 saw a lot of footage captured but then the poor weather set in.
Having received good comments about the previous videos that were shot
in sunny weather we weren't prepared to put up with dull, windy days and we
waited in vain for the sun to return.
By the time of a slight
reprieve in September 2010, the leaves on the trees had turned brown
presenting a continuity error with the earlier scenes.
So the project was put
on hold until the summer of 2011 - but this wasn't much better than the
previous year. We did manage to get some more footage - just not enough to
finish the project.
Ditto 2012. At the end of
July only a few minutes of video had been captured - and that was
because one day was spent inside Chester Cathedral where sunshine wasn't
The promised sunny weather
came to the UK - but not to the Northwest where the best the weathergirl
could offer was: "It is going to be warm"! But warmth is no good for
bright, sunny footage (nor sunbathers comes to that). The Jet Stream,
which brings the poor weather across the Atlantic, moved slightly north
(back on to its proper track) but not far enough.
Snatching the few sunny
days that were interspersed between the ones that were mainly cloudy in
completed the "shooting" stage of the video. Apparently this
was the sixth bad summer in a row. As one reviewer of "Curious
South Cheshire" said: "John Brough's
expertise with the camera and tenacity in waiting for rare glorious
summer days are rewarded with gorgeous scenes of the Cheshire
THE third video
in the trilogy -
"Further Cheshire Curiosities" - runs for 76 minutes and is in colour, 4:3 ratio, and PAL format.
The price is £10.
The DVDs are not interrupted by chapters so that
you have to go back and select the next one you wish to see as in some videos. We
prefer you to enjoy it in one viewing (and as we edited it!)
As with the other two DVDs in
the trilogy, the camera lingers on the town or village - in a
mini travelogue kind of sequence - after the curiosity or curiosities in
that place have
been shown. So you get two types of video for the price of one.
"FURTHER Cheshire Curiosities" visits
Appleton Thorn (near Warrington, for the annual Bauming ceremony), the
Brassey Oak (featuring the famous railway builder, Thomas Brassey),
Burton, Chester, Christleton, Daresbury, Eaton by Tarporley, Farndon, Grappenhall, Hockenhull Platts, Lymm, Plemstall,
Shotwick, Stockton Heath, Stretton Watermill (see a Miller-Guide in
action), and Willaston, Wirral (Thomas Brassey again).
All proceeds go to the
restoration fund of
St Mary's Parish Church, Nantwich.
"Further Cheshire Curiosities"