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Record-breaking 6,000 flock to Gorleston beach to be part of Danny Boyle scene

PUBLISHED: 18:34 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:17 28 June 2018

The 6000 extras on Gorleston beach enjoying the music during filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The 6000 extras on Gorleston beach enjoying the music during filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Movie moguls asked for a cast of thousands, and Gorleston more than answered the call.

6000 extras on Gorleston beach for filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY6000 extras on Gorleston beach for filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Some 6000 people, 1000 more than expected, packed onto the sands to play their part in the new Danny Boyle film, provisionally titled Jack and Ellie.

Audience members, most of whom had won free tickets through an online ballot, gathered from around 11am bringing picnic blankets and chairs.

Film director Danny Boyle, right, speaks to the 6000 extras on Gorleston beach during filming, introducing two actors, Himesh Patel, the singer, and his manager played by Joel Fry (in green). Picture: DENISE BRADLEYFilm director Danny Boyle, right, speaks to the 6000 extras on Gorleston beach during filming, introducing two actors, Himesh Patel, the singer, and his manager played by Joel Fry (in green). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

With coloured flags fluttering on the beach and music playing there was no need for camera trickery to create a sun-drenched paradise.

For most it was a day to enjoy the stunning location and be part of the cheering crowd.

6000 extras on Gorleston beach for filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY6000 extras on Gorleston beach for filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Their role was to welcome their favourite pop idol singer Jack Malik (actor Himesh Patel) to his rooftop performance spot at Gorleston’s Pier Hotel with an approving roar and applause.

A helicopter cruised overhead capturing the action while director Danny Boyle praised everyone for their patience and enthusiasm telling the crowd after every take that he was “speechless” and they were “amazing.”

6000 extras on Gorleston beach for filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY6000 extras on Gorleston beach for filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Before filming started the Oscar winning director said: “This is amazing for Gorleston and you look beautiful today on this wonderful beach.”

He said it was the biggest casting crowd every gathered in the UK and said after one of the shots: “That was an amazing take everyone. I cannot tell you how incredible it was.”

6000 extras on Gorleston beach for filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY6000 extras on Gorleston beach for filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Most people said it was an incredible, unforgettable day that was well-organised with everyone receiving a free burger and ice-cream.

Just under 4,000 used the park and ride service meaning the area by the beach avoided traffic problems.

The 6000 extras on Gorleston beach enjoying the music during filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe 6000 extras on Gorleston beach enjoying the music during filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The 6000 extras on Gorleston beach enjoying the music during filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe 6000 extras on Gorleston beach enjoying the music during filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The 6000 extras on Gorleston beach enjoying the music during filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe 6000 extras on Gorleston beach enjoying the music during filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The 6000 extras on Gorleston beach enjoying the music during filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe 6000 extras on Gorleston beach enjoying the music during filming by Danny Boyle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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