The BTVFLOC tour had another great run out today, and this time around I was delighted to be joined by Sindy Campbell from Film Birmingham who added some great tales of filming experiences and challenges around the city. Sindy also provided exclusive access to a stunning location for the tour finale which was a great way to conclude today’s discovery of Birmingham’s rich and varied TV & Film history.
It’s a well known fact now that when it rains during the English summer that you can fully expect a song or two from Cliff Richard, well we didn’t quite manage that today, but he did get a couple of mentions along the tour route so we did our bit to try to bring out the sun.
Despite the fairly miserable June weather, both of today’s tour groups were very friendly and enthusiastic which made it a real pleasure to deliver the tour content and it was great to be able to hand over to Sindy at various locations to give the groups a different perspective on the shows that were being discussed. Each person had their own memories of many of the shows covered and there were a lot of questions asked so the tours had a very interactive feel to them. I like it when that happens as it sparks conversations while en route, which is always nice.
The highlight for many was the visit inside the Grade II listed former Birmingham Municipal Bank on Broad Street. Placed at the end of the tour it was the perfect conclusion to the walk, and not only because it was drier and warmer than the weather outside. The banking hall, although now stripped of fixtures and fittings, is still a room of great interest with many reminders of its former glory still very visible, but it was the visit down to the safe deposit room that drew a number of audible gasps from the tour groups.
The immediate feedback after each tour was really positive and everyone seemed to enjoy the experience. There have also been a number of tweets posted giving further feedback and reviews of individual experiences, here are a few of the comments received so far;
A massive thank you to Sindy Campbell (Film Birmingham) for collaborating with me on this tour and providing us with access to a great location to end the tour and thank you to everyone that braved the appalling June weather we are having to wander the streets of Birmingham with us both this afternoon.
Both Sindy and I are keen to run further tours in the future and hope to get another tour date set for around September, so watch this space…