Filming Vera in the Friendliest Port
Filming for ITV’s popular Vera series is currently taking place in Amble. TV crews have been filming around the harbour, quayside, Braid and Northside, and gathering a lot of interest from locals. Star Brenda Blethyn has been happy to pose for photographs in between takes.
Amble surfer Jon Nolan told The Ambler what it was like being part of the filming. ” It’s long winded with take after take, but it’s an experience and you get well fed, also refreshments on tap. Beats the office anyway!”
“They asked me if I could round up a group of local surfers to film at Northside, so I did,” he said.
The surfers filmed for two days for the episode, which The Ambler understands will be aired as episode 2 in series 9.
He enjoyed the whole experience, and was full of praise for Brenda. “She’s great. [We had a] bit chit chat here n there.”
Bystander Lorraine Kurti shared two photos of her daughters meeting Brenda and her co-star Kenny Doughty. “She was filming near the fish shack and saw the girls waved to them, then when she had finished filming she came over and asked if they had a nice day at school, and also commented on Elise being head girl with her badge on her cardigan,” said Lorraine.
While out for a dog walk, Claire Mather was delighted when Brenda came over to pat Cassie the Labradoodle and her friend’s Labrador Alfie. Claire told us: “She absolutely loves dogs, and loves labradoodles the most. She’s been up twice to see Cassie when she’s been on her walks.”
Filming is due to end in Amble on 27 June.