Author in TV boost

Author and historian David Clayton is on television tomorrow
Author and historian David Clayton is on television tomorrow

A Chorley author is set to appear on BBC’s Countryfile today.

David Clayton, who wrote the Lost Farms of Brinscall Moors, was filmed in January for the piece which is set to be aired on Easter Sunday.

The book, published last year, looks at the reasons why a community left their homes on the hills and moors above Brinscall, near Chorley, more than 100 years ago.

Author and historian Mr Clayton was filmed with villagers who helped with research for the book and the programme makers also used the Cricketers pub on School Lane for interviews by presenter Jules Hudson.

Mr Clayton, of Maple Avenue, Brinscall, said: “Countryfile is watched by millions of people every week and it’s excellent news that the village and my story are going to be seen.

“I’ve been keeping in touch with the director about the transmission date and now it’s finally confirmed,

“I’m delighted. Since it was filmed I’ve been asked by so many people when it’s going to be on and it’s all very exciting.”

Dan Davis who directed the Lost Farms film for the BBC1 programme said: “I had a fantastic time filming such an interesting and emotive story, even if it was on one of the wettest and windiest days the West Pennines had to offer.

“David Clayton’s knowledge of the subject was truly remarkable and meeting local people who have the unique stories of the lost farms ingrained in their memory was a real pleasure.”

The book has recently been reprinted and Mr Clayton, 75, has been giving talks throughout Lancashire about the lost farms.