Premiere of The Railway Children at the original Yorkshire station

Stars of The Railway Children: The sequel to Stars of The Railway Children have made the journey from the original film to the station, where the world premiere for the follow-up was held on Sunday.

Premiere of The Railway Children at the original Yorkshire station

Stars of The Railway Children: The sequel to Stars of The Railway Children have made the journey from the original film to the station, where the world premiere for the follow-up was held on Sunday.

Jenny Agutter, fifty-two years after the original was released, reprises her role in The Railway Children Return as Bobbie.

She described it as "going back in time" when she returned to Oakworth station, West Yorkshire, for the new film.

Agutter was joined at the station by Sir Tom Courtenay, Sheridan Smith and John Bradley.

The sequel takes place almost 40 years later than the original film. Roberta, also known as Bobbie is now a grandmother and she accepts a new group of children who have arrived on the railway, evacuees fleeing World War Two bombings in Salford.

Agutter, 69 said that it was "really lovely when something comes back around again and in a completely different way." He played Bobbie in the 1970 family film and 1968 TV series.

Both were based on E Nesbit’s 1905 novel. It followed a family that was forced to leave London for a more comfortable life in Yorkshire. The children's father died in prison.

Agutter and the writers completed the sequel by telling the story of her character's future, considering the changes in British society.

Agutter stated, speaking at the station which was also used as a location for filming the follow-up.

"Probably a magistrate. Very active in social issues and young people. It is fascinating to see the evolution of feminism from 1905 to 1944."

Agutter, also well-known for her role as Sister Julienne on BBC's Call the Midwife added that Nesbit would have agreed. She would have loved to see the story continue and it continue.

There are many nods to the original film in the sequel, and replicas of iconic props.

Agutter stated, "When I was taken on the set, they had made a home that was filled Roberta's childhood memories-the little theatre, the train Peter would have had and lots of other things that I was deeply touched by."

It was like stepping back. It was like being a part my life."

Beau Gadson is the feisty Lily, the oldest of the new railway children.

She was born nearly four decades after the original film's release, but she claims she was a fan before she accepted the role in the sequel.

It's a British masterpiece. It was a must-see. I have read all of the books. I even saw the theatrical production in which a steam train actually came in."

Gadson, who portrayed the young Princess Margaret in The Crown said Agutter "helped a lot" during filming.

The 15-year old said that she was "great to have on set." "It was like Bobbie the Original coming down to this station? It was incredible."

Smith plays Bobbie's daughter and Bradley, a Game of Thrones actor, is the grandson of Bernard Cribbins stationmaster Mr Perks.

After taking photos and interviews at Oakworth station the cast boarded steam trains to Keighley for a screening.

Danny Brocklehurst, the writer, said that they didn't think about risking such a beloved film's legacy.

"We weren't sitting there looking at the original as we wrote, thinking, Oh my God, we have to honor this beloved, enchanting classic.

"It was like, lets do a new movie that tells a story of new characters - evacuees during the Second World War.

"We wanted to preserve the spirit and maintain some of the themes and tone of the original but also bring it to a new audience and tell a different story."

Jemma Rodgers, a Yorkshire-based producer, first thought of the sequel. This story focuses on black US soldiers stationed within the county and being attacked by US military officers.

This was based upon a true incident at Bamber Bridge in Lancashire in which soldiers and military police engaged in a gun battle that resulted in one soldier being killed.

Rodgers stated, "Because I am of mixed heritage, it was very interesting in stories about black people in the UK before Windrush." "And I found the story of Bamber Bridge which I hadn't heard of before.

After the white American military police tried to impose racial separation in the town, the real trouble began.

"The villager said that we aren't doing this here. Rodgers explained that they did the exact opposite and put up signs in the window stating, "Only black troops allowed.

"One night, there were a fight between the MPs [military police]" and it was terrible. Sixteen people were arrested and one person was shot.

"But what was most inspiring was the fact that the locals fought alongside the black GIs. They saw injustice. They couldn't see color."

KJ Aikens, Pose actor, plays a character that is discovered by children after being targeted and beaten by military police.

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