VIDEO: Push to get Bradford Monty Python location formally recognised

VIDEO: Push to get Bradford Monty Python location formally recognised

John Murphy wants a former antiques shop that was used in a Monty Python sketch to be listed as a heritage site

A scene from a sketch by Monty Python

A scene from a sketch by Monty Python

John Cleese close to Ada's Snack Bar in the monty Python sketch

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A COMEDY fan is campaigning for a derelict shop in Bradford that featured in a Monty Python sketch to be formally recognised.

The small, nondescript building - which has been an antiques shop and a butchers in the past - is at the junction of Toller Lane and Cross Road.

It is seen in The Ant, An Introduction episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, at the end of the Llamas sketch, which was recorded on December 7, 1969.

The scene starts with a shot of the shop - called Ada's Snack Bar - before the camera pans around the building to Cross Road where one of the show's stars, John Cleese, is sitting behind a desk. Cleese then introduces the next scene in the episode.

John Murphy, of Buttershaw, said: "I believe we should rejoice in a real connection with something that has a special place in British and world comedy. It is definitely worth a heritage marker."

He added: "On the Cross Road/John Cleese association, it is wonderful to be associated with a comedic genius, and 45 years later the actual location is almost aesthetically the same, though Ada's shop is empty.

New Pudsey Station, Valley Parade and Southmere Terrace in Great Horton also feature in Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council's portfolio holder for culture, said the district had featured in many great movies.

"City of Film has nearly finished the work on an app which will be available for people to find film locations round the district for themselves. It's great to hear that Mr Murphy has found a location that has not been known before. It won't make the selection this time but the City of Film office will be happy to assess it for future inclusion," she said.

Monty Python's Llamas Sketch (Ada's Snack Bar appears at 1:32)

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8:24pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Robin of Loxley says...

I'm surprised this piece of Bradford history hasn't been destroyed (as per usual).
I'm surprised this piece of Bradford history hasn't been destroyed (as per usual). Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 17

9:03pm Wed 3 Sep 14

wrongsideofthetracks says...

Another Bradford crank.

Where do we get them from?
Another Bradford crank. Where do we get them from? wrongsideofthetracks
  • Score: -3

9:26pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Old hansonian says...

It's not the only bit of bradford in monty pythons sketches, the undertaker sketch where one of the undertakers keeps dying and added to the coffin is filmed on one of either Harrogate street or wightman street leading up to undercliffe cemetery. Good luck.
It's not the only bit of bradford in monty pythons sketches, the undertaker sketch where one of the undertakers keeps dying and added to the coffin is filmed on one of either Harrogate street or wightman street leading up to undercliffe cemetery. Good luck. Old hansonian
  • Score: 1

11:38pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Postman pedro says...

Let it go like Bradford has gone. Upper globe just below Asian shop. It was an Asian butchers. So sad glad I don't live there.
Let it go like Bradford has gone. Upper globe just below Asian shop. It was an Asian butchers. So sad glad I don't live there. Postman pedro
  • Score: -9

1:50pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Postman pedro wrote:
Let it go like Bradford has gone. Upper globe just below Asian shop. It was an Asian butchers. So sad glad I don't live there.
I'm sure the residents are glad BNP/EDL scum aren't there :)
[quote][p][bold]Postman pedro[/bold] wrote: Let it go like Bradford has gone. Upper globe just below Asian shop. It was an Asian butchers. So sad glad I don't live there.[/p][/quote]I'm sure the residents are glad BNP/EDL scum aren't there :) Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 5

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