There’s another chance to see the film, The Navvies Who Built The Bramhope Tunnel this October. The film, produced to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the opening of the tunnel and pay tribute to the thousands of navigators who built it, played to two sold-out screenings earlier this summer.
The documentary, which features footage from inside the tunnel and includes interviews with local historians, Geoffrey Forster, Barbara Winfield and Neil Simpson, was produced by Otley-based Catapult Films, and also features contributions from Otley musicians Serious Sam Barrett and the band Summercross, fronted by ex MP Greg Mulholland.
As part of the celebrations, a 60-page book What Lies Beneath was also published as part of a research project by Angela Leathley of the Otley Conservation Taskforce. It covers the hard and dangerous life of navvies during the rapid expansion of the railways in the 19th century. Available to buy for £5 from Otley Core, all proceeds will go towards future maintenance of Otley’s Navvies Memorial (pictured) on Church Lane.
The next film screening will be at Otley Courthouse on October 19 at 19.30. Tickets can be purchased from Otley Core for £5.