Marsden residents have welcomed film crews into the village – the day after some shop owners were angry that they had to shut while the filming was going on.
Some businesses said they had no idea Peel Street was due to be shut off for filming all day on Tuesday and had lost out on takings while Hollywood superstar, Sigourney Weaver and a large film crew shot key scenes from upcoming international movie, A Monster Calls.
Dozens of eager on-lookers who lined the streets to watch the action have praised the team, for bringing a taste of red carpet treatment to the Colne Valley.
One Royds Street resident, Steve Buckley, was proud that the village had been chosen yet again as a filming location.
Steve, 69, said: “I felt very proud that they chose to come here and it was a great day.
“I’ve lived here all my life and seen many film crews in the village and at the end of the day they are putting a lot of money into it by attracting more business and also through their donations which have been used to help put on our Christmas lights and fund other projects.
“It brought a lot more people to Marsden than would normally visit on a Tuesday and it’s great that they’ve given back to the village by making a donation to the Cuckoo’s Nest, so it’s definitely been worthwhile and they definitely brought a lot of excitement.
“I know that they closed Peel Street but from what I saw the crew would let traffic through and kept moving their equipment so it wasn’t blocking the same part of the road for too long.
“I think that there are a lot more important issues to worry about than a film crew coming to town for a few hours.”
Filming took place from early morning until 5.30pm and proved to be a boon for at least some shopkeepers, including Mountainfeet worker Si Taylor who said that the Spanish crew bought the shop’s whole stock of hand and foot warmers.
Huddersfield author and Catalonian-born resident, Marta Cardona, left the film’s director, Juan A Bayona – who is best-known for The Impossible and The Orphanage – star struck, when he asked her to sign her latest book, Una Historia Particular, which details her experiences of the Civil War.
A Monster Calls, also starring Liam Neeson, follows the story of a young boy who befriends a story-telling monster who helps him cope with the consequences of his mother’s terminal cancer and is the biggest ever project to be filmed in Marsden.