How seemingly-normal bridge forgotten by time played a starring role in classic 'masterpiece' UK film | The Sun

A SEEMINGLY-normal bridge, which has been forgotten in time, played a starring role in a classic "masterpiece" UK film.

The walkway, known as Gas Street, in Oldham, Greater Manchester, used to be the only way across the town's main railway line and was used frequently.

Despite it still being open today, the rusted iron footbridge is used less and less.

And for locals who still cross it as a shortcut, they might not be aware that it was once in a movie from the 1960s.

The Victorian Bridge's claim to fame was when it appeared in A Kind Of Loving.

Shot in Manchester, it was regarded as one of the greatest "angry man" films made in Britain during that time.



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The film follows the relationship between Vic Brown, who is a draftsman, and secretary Ingrid Rothwell, who works at the same firm.

They end up getting married after Ingrid falls pregnant but then tragedy sadly strikes.

Director John Schlesinger's masterpiece first hit screens in 1962 before becoming the sixth most popular film at the British box office that year.

After it was remastered in 2016, journalist and writer, Stuart Maconie said: "It's the masterpiece of the English '60s New Wave along with Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and A Taste Of Honey.

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"It's a moving, realistic study of real people and real lives and tough choices set against a backdrop of the industrial north.

"And Schlesinger's extraordinary film making presents us with a lyrical but unsentimental monochrome vision of a disappearing North."

The bridge features multiple times in the film with once scene showing Vic crossing it as steam trains pass underneath him and smoke fills the air.

Photographer Alan Hart posted a pic of the historical local monument a few years ago and said: "If ever there is a footbridge that can tell a story it must be this one.

"Built to span 18 tracks, it must have been a spotters paradise!"

Allan Worsley, commented: "I remember as a child – I couldn’t be more than four or five years old – standing on the bridge with steam trains passing beneath it delivering coal from the coal yards to the mills."

Shahid Abdul, said: "Good days – walked over the bridge all the time in the early '90s as a kid waving at the train driver."

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