FURTHER details have been confirmed about a weekend-long event in Prestatyn marking a half-century since a film was shot in the town.

“Holiday on the Buses”, the comedy which was the third spin-off film of the “On the Buses” series, starred Reg Varney and Doris Hare, and was filmed at Pontins’ Prestatyn camp in 1973.

To mark the anniversary, personal appearance agent Richard Coghill has organised an event in Prestatyn on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23.

Surviving cast members, crew, 1973 Pontins staff, holidaymakers who were background extras, and fans will gather together to celebrate the film across the weekend.

Rhyl Journal: Kate Williams and Bob Grant in Holiday on the Buses.Kate Williams and Bob Grant in Holiday on the Buses. (Image: Submitted)


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The Saturday events will include a “locations tour” by bus, Q&As with stars of the film, and a viewing of “Holiday on the Buses” in full.

On the Sunday, there will be more chats with cast members, as well as the chance to take photographs with them and to take part in autograph signing sessions.

Rhyl Journal: The stars of Holiday on the BusesThe stars of Holiday on the Buses (Image: Ceidiog Hughes)

Anyone from Prestatyn who appears in the background of the film and would like to come and join as a guest of the event is encouraged to email hotb50th@hotmail.com.

Copies of a new book written by Doris Hare’s daughter, Kate Crehan, about her mother, entitled “But Will it Get a Laugh? The Life of Doris Hare in Three Acts”, will also be on sale across the weekend.

The official website for the event, where tickets can be bought, is at www.hotb50th.com.

Rhyl Journal: Holiday on the Buses stars, Reg Varney and Stephen LewisHoliday on the Buses stars, Reg Varney and Stephen Lewis (Image: Phil Micheu)

Previously, Richard told the Journal: “We know what this film means to not only ‘On the Buses’ fans, but to the community of Prestatyn, which welcomed film giants ‘Hammer’ with open arms all those years ago.

“Myself and colleague Craig Walker could not let such a remarkable milestone go under the radar.

“Hopefully it will bring a feel-good factor to the town also in the weeks leading up to the event. There will be lots going on!”

Richard is also putting together a “behind the scenes” book about the film, which he hopes to release this summer.