ULVERSTON landmarks have become the set for a new film depicting the untold story of the town’s most famous son — comic actor Stan Laurel.

Brian Worthington, of Wigan, a life-long fan of Laurel and Hardy, decided to make the film Laurel Before Hardy after he realised there was a misconception that Stan was from America.

Mr Worthington said it took him until the late ’80s to realise Stan had grown up only 90 miles away in Ulverston.

This sparked an ‘addiction’ to visit-ing the town and learning more of his all-time hero.

Filming has been based around Ulve-ston’s railway, The Hoad monument and the house where Stan was born in Argyll Street.

“The film takes us to various locations that played a sig-nificant part of young Stan’s life, beautifully illustrated with reconstructed scenes from the late 1800s,” said Mr Worthington.

Mr Worthington said the film aimed to be as authentic as possible.

Split into two sections, it begins with two children, Connor Wood, 10, of Wigan, and Tamsin Leary, 11, of Preston, telling Stan’s story.

The film then jumps back to the time when Stan was living in Ulverston.

Mr Worthington has been talking to television companies about screening the finished film.

For more information visit www.stanschildhood.com