6:40am Friday 16th May 2014
By Chris Tate
Airedale General Hospital staff have stepped into the limelight to feature in an upcoming episode of the BBC series Happy Valley which stars Sarah Lancashire.
Staff nurses Linda Lawson and Anita Graham and operating department practitioner Caroline Abrahams volunteered to star in the programme alongside the former Coronation Street star.
An episode of the police drama, to be broadcast Tuesday, May 27, was filmed at the Steeton hospital at the beginning of March.
Linda Lawson, who was one of the lucky employees to be chosen for the filming, has also been watching Happy Valley with her family, friends and neighbours.
She said: “It was great fun, but I was very nervous. The cast and crew were all lovely and really helpful. I think it’s great for Airedale Hospital to get involved in projects like this and would happily help out again.”
Filming by the Red Production Company took place over a couple of weekends using a theatre and day case centre not being used at the time.
Airedale was chosen as a hospital as it is close to Hebden Bridge – the main location for the series written by Sally Wainwright, who also penned Last Tango In Halifax.
Rebecca Wilkinson, patient service manager (theatres, anaesthetics and critical care) said there were 18 big lorries on site during the filming.
“It was really interesting being part of the initial planning, scoping and organising of the filming days.”
Matron Sherie Herpe, who was also on site to help the film crew, said: “There was a great buzz among the department.”
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