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Film-makers bring Newark's role in English Civil War to life

The film-makers in action Photo: ITV News Central

Film-makers are bringing Newark's pivotal role in the English Civil War to life by creating a unique interactive trail to guide visitors round the Nottinghamshire town.

Spool, based in Nottingham, has been on location for five weeks shooting scenes with professional actors.

They're making several short films depicting real-life characters living in Newark at the time of the conflict. Filming has taken place in Newark Castle and St Mary Magdalene Church.

Filming has taken place at Newark Castle Credit: ITV News Central

A special app will cause the footage to "magically" appear on visitors' smart devices as they walk around the town learning about its role in the 17th century struggle. It's the first time so-called "augmented reality" technology has been used in this way.

The hi-tech trail will be launched next spring to coincide with the opening of the new National Civil War Centre in Newark.

The whole project has cost more than £5 million, most of it paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Newark and Sherwood District Council has contributed more than £2m, but believes the tourism benefits will be worth it.

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