Dewley Chippy had been closed for 14 months before owner Kim English purchased it as an investment opportunity earlier this year. Kim is delighted that her business was chosen for the film, an opportunity that came about via a handwritten note put through the door just days before reopening for the Easter weekend.
Kim comments: “I thought it would be fantastic promotion for the shop where we’ve only just taken over, and it has been. We’ve been in the local paper and since then we’ve had a lot of people coming down and taking photographs from outside or just coming in to talk to us about the film.
“It’s also good for the local area because they are asking for extras so there will be a lot of local people involved in the film too.”
The shop’s brand new 3 pan Kiremko wall range, which Kim inherited when she took over the business, will be covered up by the film’s art department in a bid to make the shop look old and rundown, before it is unveiled as part of the successful chippy it turns into at the end.
Filming starts on Tuesday 14th June and will last four days although some scenes will take place at night so as to impact Dewley’s trade as little as possible.
Comparing her high efficiency Kiremko frying range to the coal-stoked fryer that the women of Harbour Chippy would have been using, Kim comments: “It’s absolutely brilliant. Getting our first gas bills in we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how little gas we use so we’ve found it extremely efficient. And we definitely wouldn’t hesitate in recommending moving over to a Kiremko.”