IT’S usually showbiz stars that movie makers are keen to court, but when film crews arrived in Broadway, a local seamstress became the hottest ticket in town.
Barbara Jones told the Journal how a normal morning took an unexpected turn when she was tracked down by a film crew and asked to knit “half a red mitten” for singing superstar Susan Boyle.
The cameras rolled in to Broadway with an all-star cast in tow to shoot scenes for Ms Boyle’s first movie, a period drama called The Christmas Cracker which also stars John Hannah and Sylvester McCoy .
When it came to shooting a scene requiring the Britain’s Got Talent star to be knitting the half-finished mitten, crew members dashed into town to find someone to help out.
Mrs Jones, who provides a seamstress service to several shops in the town, was the only name on anyone’s lips and eventually the production staff caught up with her and gave her the unusual request.
“The man produced a ball of red wool out of his pocket and asked if I could knit half a red mitten,” she said. “He said it had to be done with metal needles because it was a period film and that he needed it finished by 1pm that day.”
Finishing just in time, she made her way to the Crown and Trumpet pub to hand over the mittens as agreed.
“He asked me how much and I said that I normally worked for about £6 an hour, so £12, but he put £30 into my hand,” said Mrs Jones.
“It was not what I was expecting when I went into town that morning. I want to see the film when it comes out now so that I can see Susan Boyle pretending to knit my half a mitten.”