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Hit BBC show comes to Worthing

Released: Friday, 08 September 2017

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Worthing Crematorium has made a surprise appearance on national television featuring in BBC One's hit show Who Do You Think You Are?

The episode featured Eastenders actress Lisa Hammond who was on the hunt to discover more about her grandfather Harry Hammond, who died in 1995.

After tracing his burial spot to to the Worthing Borough Council-owned facility in Findon, staff member Tracy Kelly helped Lisa locate the grave.

Tracy, who has worked for the council for four years, said:

“It was an enjoyable experience. We get a lot of people coming to the office and asking for help in tracing their relatives so we were only happy to help.”

The show, produced by Wall to Wall productions, aired on Thursday, 7th September 2017 and is available to watch on iPlayer for the next month.

Tracy said it was not her first time on television - she featured as a 12-year-old in an ITV children's show called 'Bunch of Fives'.

But she said that was nothing compared to featuring on a hit BBC series, which is shown around the world.

Tracy said:

“It certainly did make my children smile when they watched it.”

“All in all the whole process took a few hours. We did the filming in reception and then we let Lisa and the crew go into the grounds to locate the burial spot.”

“She was lovely and after filming we had a few nice photos with her before she went.”

It is not the first time that Worthing has hosted film crews.

Television shows such as Cuffs and the Antiques Roadshow have been shot in the town in recent years.

This summer the council-owned lido provided the backdrop to a movie about the lives of Laurel and Hardy, starring Steve Coogan and due to hit the big screen next year.

Andy Edwards, Head of Environment at Adur & Worthing Councils, said:

“Worthing Crematorium is one of the busiest in the country. Yet it's unique position in the South Downs means it is a magical tranquil place and it was a pleasure seeing it feature on national television.”

“I know our staff took great pride in assisting and supporting Lisa with her enquiry, as they do any customer that comes through the door.”

See also: Lisa Hammond's episode of Who Do You Think You Are on the BBC's iPlayer for the next month.

For more details on the crematorium visit the Worthing Crematorium website.

Photos: Lisa Hammond on Who Do You Think You Are with Tracy Kelly helping with the research

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Note: photos (above) and Who Do You Think You Are? family tree image (top) © copyright BBC and Wall to Wall productions

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