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News release - Issued by North Yorkshire Moors National Park Authority

Don't Panic!

From the 5 February you can be transported back to May 1944 to join the likes of Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Wilson and their eager but occasionally ragtag unit as the clock to D-Day ticks down. But ‘don’t panic Mr Mainwaring’, the Allied armies massed in Britain to invade Occupied Europe will only be taking place in a cinema near you.

The 2016 version of Dad’s Army, directed by Oliver Parker and featuring a host of stars including, Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Blake Harrison, Daniel Mays and Bill Paterson goes on release on Friday. The latest remake of the sitcom Dad’s Army sees the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II (WWII) draws to its conclusion.

For those familiar with the North York Moors National Park they may recognise some of the landscape in the new film as the beautiful moors were used to shoot some of the scenes. These include our famous Duncombe Park, providing a backdrop to the German Headquarters, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Ravenscar, Cloughton and Hummersea near Skinningrove.

The National Park is also home to some real WWII sites, with Danby Beacon being famous for the first radar intercept that led to a German Heinkel being shot down to the west of Whitby. Beside the coast are various coastal defences, such as pill boxes, and mine watch sites, along with radio beam stations which guided English bombers to and back from their targets. With various infantry training sites, together with a tank firing range at Jugger Howe, an aircraft bombing range on Helmsley Moor and an artillery range at Fylingdales, there’s a lot to see in the North York Moors.

So why not combine your visit to the cinema with a trip out to the National Park, after all ‘the boys are back and reporting for duty!’



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Tel: 01439 772700

Alison Harris, Media and Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

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The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites. It was created on 28 November 1952 and became Britain’s sixth national park.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire. Nearly 14% of its staff are apprentices from local families.

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