TV show premiere in Staithes

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Salty the Dog stole the show in Staithes after attending an exclusive premiere of CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat in the village.

Local children, officials and series producers were at the special screening at St Peter’s Church in Staithes hosted by Welcome to Yorkshire and CBeebies.

The audience was also treated to an episode of the spin-off series, Salty’s Waggy Tales, a new short based on Salty the Dog.

Bernard Cribbins, who plays Old Jack and is known for his roles in Doctor Who and The Railway Children, said: “I’ve filmed in a lot of locations throughout my career, but there’s something about the sea air, the beauty and the friendliness in Staithes that makes it a special place to be.”

The children’s TV show, which is set in and filmed in Staithes, has raised the profile of the North Yorkshire seaside village and led to an increase in visitors since the programme first aired last year.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It is fantastic that Old Jack’s Boat is back for a second series, beaming the stunning seaside village into the homes of thousands of potential visitors.

“Businesses have told us that they’ve seen an increase in people keen to see Staithes and show their children the photogenic seaside village where Old Jack lives. We hope the second series continues to attract even more visitors.”

Old Jack’s Boat follows Old Jack, a retired fisherman who tells stories from his time at sea, helped by his eccentric friends in the village. His faithful dog and co-star, Salty the Dog, accompanies him everywhere.

The exclusive screening on Friday night saw local children attend as well as executive producer Tony Reed, head of production Alison Stewart and series producer Dom MacDonald.