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Sowerby Bridge

Sowerby Bridge’s community work together to rejuvenate their neglected small town in this inspirational film filled with community spirit.

Factual TV 1985 9 mins

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This heart-warming film shows the rejuvenation of Sowerby Bridge into an attractive place for tourists. The start of the film tells us of the town’s proud industrial heritage, but also its financial hardships in the late 20th Century. Numerous people are interviewed about the town’s exciting plans as diggers get to work and its new look begins to take shape.

Sowerby Bridge is named after the 14th Century bridge that crossed the river. The town grew immeasurably during the industrial revolution and became known for its production of woven textiles. In recent times the town has achieved national exposure as the setting for Sally Wainwright’s TV drama Happy Valley.