Old Bridge and Quayside to get starring roles in Outlaw King

Berwick's Old Bridge is set to be transformed into London Bridge for the new Robert the Bruce film.

Friday, 22nd September 2017, 08:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th September 2017, 14:34 pm
Berwick's Old Bridge

Filming for Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, is scheduled to take place in the town on October 9 and 10.

Location manager Matt Risebrow, speaking at a meeting of Berwick Town Council on Monday night, said: “We are starting our preparation work on September 29, and then building up to shoot on October 9 and 10, when we will be turning the Old Bridge into medieval London Bridge and turning the dockside into a medieval Glaswegian market, so I hope it will be fun.

“We will have a bit of a footprint around the town so we hope we don’t disturb you too much. I hope you enjoy it.”

Mayor Gregah Roughead said: “It’s really positive news for our town and should be a great way to put us back on the map and show what Berwick can do.”

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It is understood several road closures are planned in Berwick when filming takes place.

Filming got under way at Linlithgow Palace last month, with scenes due to be shot at locations across the country.

A poster for the feature film describes it as: ‘A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th century Scottish Outlaw King Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.’

The action takes place over the extraordinary year of 1306 when Robert the Bruce fights to regain control after being crowned King of Scots, only to be defeated in a surprise attack and made an outlaw by the English king and his forces.

Berwick was pivotal in those times. In 1318, King Robert, as he had become by then, took control of Berwick and re-established it as a Scottish trading port.

The film is expected to be released on Netflix next year.