Civic leaders want to twin the seaside resort of Bridlington with the fictional setting of Dad’s Army, Walmington-on-Sea.
The new film features a spectacular array of Britain’s finest talents from Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta Jones, Toby Jones and Tom Courtenay to Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman, Mark Gatiss and Annette Crosbie.
The first trailer for ‘Dad’s Army’ has arrived, and first glance suggests it’s very much a chip off the old, much-loved block.
“Once the film opens in February, we expect to see more visitors, especially to the old town”.
Mayor John Copsey and town crier David Hinde, both from the Old Town Association, said they came up with the idea.
“If you combine the stars with the scenery and the heritage of the area, it will be quite special for Bridlington old town”.
The adventure, set in 1944 at the climax of the Second World War, sees Dad’s Army on a mission to patrol the Dover army base until they discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea, sparking rumours there could be a spy on the loose.
A spokeswoman for York City Council said the twinning of the city with Jorvik, one of its historical names, was “fanciful and jolly” and had been designed to boost tourism.
The film is directed by BAFTA award-winning Oliver Parker, who helmed Brit comedies St Trinians and Johnny English reborn.