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Movie church to reopen during Olympics
10:10am Friday 13th July 2012 in News
THURROCK’s most famous film location will re-open to the public during the Olympic Games.
Locations across the borough have been used in a string of famous films over the years, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman Begins, and 28 Days Later to name but a few.
The list is long, but Thurrock’s most famous on screen appearance is probably St Clement’s Church in West Thurrock, used as the setting for the moving funeral scene in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
The church, in Clements Avenue, dates back to the 11th century, and sits on Procter & Gamble’s site, disused.
Four Weddings and A Funeral director, Mike Newell, praised the location while filming in Thurrock.
He said: "I wanted the sense of a fine church lost forlornly in an industrial landscape.
"The location scouts really delivered the goods."
P&G have decided to open it up again for the duration of the games, free of charge, and are hoping to attract visitors from around the world.
The church will be manned by volunteers from 11am to 3pm every day from July 27.
Jonathan Catton, Thurrock Council’s heritage officer said:“This is a fascinating church, somewhat hidden from view but I think all visitors will discover a wealth of hidden unexpected history once inside.”
For more information, call P&G on 01375 395000.