Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Redcar Will Stay with Me Forever'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Redcar Will Stay with Me Forever'

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THEY didn't just arrive, film a few shots and retreat.

Instead, Dan Dewsbury and a team from 72 Films immersed themselves in Redcar life, living here for over a year to get a proper "feel" for the place.

The result, BBC2 documentary series The Mighty Redcar, has drawn praise from far and wide. It has also left many Teessiders grateful that Dan and his team didn't arrive with the sort of negative agenda others before them may have been guilty of.

Here, exclusively for Teesside Live and The Gazette, Dan reflects on his time in Redcar - and bids an emotional farewell to a place he grew to love.

"Two years ago we began a project to try and understand what it was like to be young and from Teesside in 2017/18.

Redcar and the areas around it are similar to many towns across the country - the young people that live there have lots of love for the place they're from, but are forced to make a decision about their future. Do they stay or do they leave? It's important to know that this agenda didn't come from us, it came from the young people themselves and in doing so they shaped the documentary series that we made.

Fast forward to today and Redcar is probably one of the most talked about towns this past month. I've been told more people are Googling Redcar than ever, while the council informs me that more people are enquiring about visiting having seen the documentary. The businesses we've featured have seen increasing levels of sales - Black Slab, for example, the record store we filmed in, has had sales from across the country. In Westminster, MPs are talking about Redcar, creating discussion about the equality of opportunity in the north. "The Mighty Redcar" prompted this and for that we should all be really proud.

There has been an overwhelming response to the young people featured and the families who support them. …

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