Duncombe Park's film transformation

The Dad's Army film was largely shot on location throughout North and East Yorkshire
The Dad's Army film was largely shot on location throughout North and East Yorkshire

A stately home in Ryedale scooped a starring role in the new Dad's Army Film as the German force's Berlin headquarters.

Duncombe Hall was transformed into the evil layer of Germany's generals and commanders, as they plan to deploy a spy to Walmington-on-Sea and scupper Britain's military plans.

It then falls upon Captain Mainwaring and his troop of hapless home guards to root out the spy and save the day - though not without an inevitable spate of bungling mishaps and slapstick comedy.

Now film bosses thanked everyone involved in the movie's production.

Addressing a packed Spa Royal Hall, strewn with 1940s nostalgia and Dad's Army memorabilia, the film's director, Oliver Parker, said : "This film was always destined for Yorkshire. It could see us coming!

“There was a great warmth from the area. People were right behind us.

"There was a great sense of support both from the crew and supporting cast and facilities. So it felt like a terrific collaboration."

For those familiar with the North York Moors National Park they may recognise some of the landscape in the new film as the beautiful moors were used to shoot some of the scenes.

Among these were the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Ravenscar, Cloughton and Hummersea near Skinningrove.

The National Park is also home to some real WWII sites, with Danby Beacon being famous for the first radar intercept that led to a German Heinkel being shot down to the west of Whitby.

Beside the coast are various coastal defences, such as pill boxes, and mine watch sites, along with radio beam stations which guided English bombers to and back from their targets.

With various infantry training sites, together with a tank firing range at Jugger Howe, an aircraft bombing range on Helmsley Moor and an artillery range at Fylingdales, there’s a lot to see in the North York Moors.

The Dad's Army film marches out to cinemas everywhere tomorrow (Friday February 5).