Jools and Paul Donnelly have recently been in touch to let us know of a campaign they have running to mark a piece of Newcastle film history by attempting to get a heritage plaque installed for the film Get Carter. I’ll let them take up the story:
We are proposing a heritage plaque is placed on the site of the ‘Get Carter Bridge’ (High Level Bridge) in Newcastle. Our application to the Newcastle Historic Environment Advisory Panel must be submitted by the 16 July 2021 and it will further our cause if we can show the strength of public support by submitting a petition to back our application.
We have been successful in our most recent heritage plaque application, a plaque at the site of the Club a’Gogo, Newcastle’s legendary 60s club and ‘Home of the Animals’. We aim to continue to lobby for plaques at sites which played a significant part in Newcastle’s cultural and musical heritage and which we feel deserve to be recognised and remembered.
Get Carter is based upon Ted Lewis’ novel, Jack’s Return Home about a native of the North East of England who leaves his new base in London to investigate the mysterious death of his brother in his home town. The casting of Michael Caine in the lead role was a masterstroke and Get Carter remains a cult classic and a much loved film around the world. Shooting takes place in various locations across the Newcastle and the North East but one of the most memorable locations is the ‘Get Carter Bridge’ or High Level Bridge. We feel it is only right and fitting that there should be a heritage plaque at this location.
Anybody that enjoyed the film knows the prominent part this bridge played and it’s great to see a couple local to the area attempting to recognise this, so bravo to Jools and Paul.
If you wish to sign this petition (and why wouldn’t you?!) then please head on over to change.org/GetCarterHeritagePlaque and give it your support.