Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 15:17:53
Filed under: Crime
Andrew Smith, aged 40, was seen by witnesses trying to get into the wrong house on Huntsfield Close, after trying to visit a friend's property.
Halton Magistrates Court heard on Friday how Smith was seen 'swerving all over the motorway' on the M6, between Knutsford and Warrington, at 3.55pm on November 22, last year.
Beverley Dobson, prosecuting, said a later call notified police of an abandoned vehicle on Huntsfield Close. Empty wine bottles were found in the passenger seat of Smith's BMW 320.
After being arrested, the court heard the defendant told officers at Cheshire Police he was driving from Somerset when he stopped at services near Birmingham.
"He said he couldn't remember anything after that because of the level of intoxication," said Ms Dobson. He can't remember anything until completing the breath test while in custody. He didn't give any reason as to why he had been drinking so much."
When Smith, of Gatekeeper Fold, Waterloo, Ashton-under-Lyne, took the breath test, it gave a reading of 167 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
The father-of-two, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on December 11, last year. Smith, who has held an experienced managerial position for 16 years, admitted to having a drink problem.
The court heard the defendant has started an alcohol treatment programme, and that he is 'mortified', but could not explain driving at least 80 miles when drunk.
And Smith could not say how much he had to drink, or when he drank it. Magistrates said it was 'rare' to see a drink driving case where the alcohol limit was so high, and that it was 'fortunate' no harm was caused.
Smith was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and 250 hours unpaid work. The defendant was also banned from driving for three years.
Posted by Sarah on Monday, 21 July 2014 at 09:43:13
Filed under: Interview, General
Camera crews, extras and cast members have become part of the village over the last few weeks as the filming of After Hours, directed by Craig Cash, has taken place.
There are many well known faces amongst the cast, including James Tarpey (from the Brit film "World's End"), Ardal O'Hanlon (from Father Ted) and John Thomson, amongst others.
The story line revolves around a young 18 year old Willow Hannigan (Tarpey) who lives with his parents in a northern town called Shankley. He is feeling pretty low as his mates have left him behind to move on to university and his girlfriend has broken his heart by leaving him for someone new. The only thing that keeps him sane is listening to a local internet radio show "After Hours" run from a canal boat.
The program is directed by Craig Cash of Royle Family fame and we were lucky enough to meet Craig last week at the Bulls Head pub where they were filming some of the last scenes of the series.
We spoke to Gloria Kennedy and John Wright, the landlady and landlord of The Bull and asked them how they had become involved in the filming of the series.
Gloria said that filming had been taking place at the pub for four and a half days. The pub will feature in the series as Willow's local and it will still be called The Bull in the series. Gloria herself has a cameo appearance at the bar as one of the locals, so we need to look out for her when the series airs in 2015.
Filming has been taking place during the daytime at The Bull and the pub has been closed until 6pm, although drinks have been available in the beer garden. The production crew had been promising free drinks for anyone from 6pm if filming overran, but if you are hoping for a freebie you are unlucky as filming finished at the Bull last Thursday! Filming will continue around the village for a further week.
We asked Gloria if the production crew and cast had enjoyed working in Lymm and she said they loved it here. Filming has taken place in other locations, and the general comments from all were "We can't wait to go back to Lymm!"
We would like to wish Craig and all the cast and crew of After Hours the best of luck with the pilot series and we hope to see them return to Lymm in the future.
Tags: after hours, craig cash, bulls head
Posted by Neil on Friday, 04 July 2014 at 09:04:47
Filed under: Announcements, Entertainment, Interview, Television, Village centre
The Royle Family's Craig Cash spotted in Lymm During "After Hours" Filming
The Royle Family’s Craig Cash was spotted in Lymm on Tuesday when a camera crew were in the village to film a new Sky comedy.
He is recording scenes along the canal, outside the village hall, in Pepper Street and at the Bull's Head pub for new show After Hours over the next couple of weeks.
The Jellylegs Productions crew have also used a high tech eight-bladed helicopter called an ‘octocopter’ for filming on the canal footpath.
After Hours will star Father Ted’s Ardal O’Hanlon, Cold Feet’s John Thomson and Mad Dogs’ Jaime Winstone.
The six-part series follows Willow Hannigan (James Tarpey from The World’s End), an 18-year-old who has just had his heart broken.
His ex-girlfriend Jasmine (Ice Cream Girls’ Georgina Campbell) has moved on to someone new, his mates have gone away to university and there are no jobs. So the only thing that keeps him sane is listening to After Hours, a radio show broadcast from a canal boat.
Jaime Winstone and Rob Kendrick play radio hosts Lauren and Ollie while Ardal O’Hanlon stars as Peter, Willow’s dad and an out-of-work milkman. John Thomson takes the buddy role as Peter’s best friend, Geoff.
Ian Marks, chairman of Lymm Festival, said: "We are delighted that Jellylegs and Sky have chosen Lymm as their location for the series. It has created quite a buzz in the village with so much activity going on. We are all looking forward to seeing the final result."
Newcomers Molly Naylor and John Osborne have written After Hours with Craig Cash in the director’s chair. Craig added: “John and Molly have created a world which is not only very funny but has genuine warmth at its heart. It's a pleasure to be working with such talented new writers and a cast of great comic actors.”
Article courtesy of This is Cheshire.
Tags: filming, lymm, sky, comedy