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14 Aug 2018

Iconic buildings and landmarks across Bradford are being turned gold to mark the premiere of Bollywood summer movie Gold, which was filmed in Bradford.

Gold tells the story of India’s hockey players winning the first medal for newly-independent India at the 1948 London Olympics.

The production which included 2,000 local extras involved, saw the cast and crew from India staying in the city, as they filmed at Bradford’s Midland Hotel, Lister Park, Dalton Mills, Keighley, and Odsal Stadium, where a Royal box was specially built for the shoot.

Bradford UNESCO City of Film worked with and supported the production team who were based in the city for several months in 2017.

Authenticity was key for the filmmakers and Odsal - based on the style of the original Wembley Stadium - proved an ideal location.

Toi mark the films release on Wednesday (15 August) the City Hall’s Clock Tower, the Mirror Pool fountains, Forster Square railway arches and the roof of Margaret McMillan Tower are among the landmarks being turned gold.

Star of the show Akshay Kumar said: “I am incredibly grateful to the city of Bradford for turning their city gold and paying tribute to our sporting heroes of 1948. I think this is an important story that must be told, and I’m pleased that Bradford played a part in telling it.

"I loved filming in Bradford - meeting the warm and welcoming people who live there made it so memorable and listening to their accents was brilliant.”

Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, David Wilson, said: “It was a great honour to host the production team here in the city and facilitate access to film locations, accommodation and services.

“The scale of the filming was huge and was a significant boost for the local economy  - with cast and crew occupying 4,000 bed nights in Bradford hotels during a three month period.”

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Attracting big productions like Gold to the city is a boost economically and culturally.”