Camera, action in the county

FILMING opportunities in Northumberland came into focus at an event last week.

Northern Film and Media and Northumberland County Council organised the event at County Hall on Wednesday to raise awareness of the benefits of filming in the area, as well as to thank those who have co-operated with filming so far and encourage more in the future.

It is estimated that around £7million is spent in the region every year by visiting production companies, with beneficiaries including restaurants, hotels and shops.

In 2010, the council signed the Filming Friendly Charter to ensure it was able to deal with production effectively and it has helped to set up locations for companies and arrange access to highways and buildings.

The county has been used for a number of productions, including Harry Potter and the TV series Vera.

Northern Film and Media Managing Director John Tulip said: “A string of recent film and TV successes have boosted the North East’s production credentials and brought significant economic and cultural benefits to the region at a time when many industries are facing acute challenges.

“Our work with Northumberland County Council through initiatives such as Filming Friendly make filming in the region quicker, easier and cheaper, and therefore ultimately more attractive for production companies to shoot here.”

The event at County Hall was attended by representatives from various organisations, including English Heritage and Northumberland Tourism.