Hunstanton may have been overlooked as the filming location of a new sitcom, but there are hopes the show may still help promote the resort.
BBC One’s Boomers is set in the fictional town of Thurnemouth – Norfolk’s only west facing resort. Fitting the description of Thurnemouth perfectly, Hunstanton may have been the logical location to film, but programme makers Hat Trick opted instead for Herne Bay in Kent for “logistical and budgetary reasons.”
Carol Bowyer, Hunstanton mayor, said: “It’s a huge missed opportunity. This area is beautiful and because we are west facing we have the most spectacular sunsets.
“I’m perplexed and saddened they didn’t film it here. We’re not that far from London! Hunstanton was built in Victorian times as a Victorian holiday resort and is terribly easily identified.
“Anyone who knows Norfolk will look and think ‘that’s not Norfolk’.
“It would have been a wonderful boost for tourism, but hopefully it will still encourage people to think Hunstanton would be a good place to come to and they wouldn’t be disappointed – it just won’t be what they have seen on screen.”
A spokesman for Hat Trick said: “For logistical and budgetary reasons it was filmed in Kent.
“We also produce Episodes and that is filmed in London, not LA.”
Boomers, with a cast including Russ Abbot, Stephanie Beacham and June Whitfield airs tonight at 9pm.
Hunstanton proper does feature in a BBC One re-run of Real Lives Reunited at 11.45am on Wednesday and repeated again on Thursday at 7.50am on BBC Two. The show reflects on a dramatic rescue in the 1953 floods in Hunstanton.