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Danny Boyle hails Gorleston beach as “one of the great secrets of England”

PUBLISHED: 19:30 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 21:19 27 June 2018

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 BRADLEY

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 BRADLEY

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Film director Danny Boyle has hailed Gorleston beach as “one of the great secrets of England.”

An aerial view of Gorleston beach, earlier in the day as crowds start arriving Photo: Mike PageAn aerial view of Gorleston beach, earlier in the day as crowds start arriving Photo: Mike Page

Speaking before today’s mega filming event on the wide sands he described as “joyful” the time he had spent in the town adding it was “a lovely feeling” coming back.

Mr Boyle has been filming in multiple locations across East Anglia in the last few months, culminating in the beach scene in Gorleston, said to be a key moment in the film.

The movie, provisionally called Jack and Ellie, is a Richard Curtis-written Beatles-inspired romantic comedy “with a good heart.”

Mr Boyle said: “ We were in Gorleston for about a month and then we went away and we were in Liverpool and London, and now we are back and its a lovely feeling coming back actually.

“We have had a such a joyful time here and especially this Pier Hotel has been extraordinarily helpful for us.

“It is beautiful.

“It is one of the great secrets of England that beach. I think I know England pretty well and Scotland and Wales a bit and Ireland a bit but I did not know this beach until I came here.

“It is very beautiful and it will be lovely to celebrate it today.

“Hopefully we will get a good crowd an hopefully we will get a nice day. It is a lovely ingredient in our film.”

Speaking to ITV Anglia he also hailed the welcome throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.

He said: “I do not think enough filming is done here and it is quite a novelty. People are pleased to see their home area being shown in film and it is a very good hearted film.”

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