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Dobcross as featured in ‘Yanks’ in 1978.

Saddleworth News Yanks

This weekend sees the 17th annual Yanks event taking place mainly in the Saddleworth Villages of Dobcross and Uppermill. It is a celebration connected to the fact that the film Yanks was filmed in part in the Village of Dobcross, Saddleworth.

Thanks to local Store Manager David Bradbury Saddleworth News can show you some archive images of the actual filming. ‘ I managed the local Co-Operative Store that was used in the Film’ says David.


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Yanks are back in Saddleworth 2016

The Yanks Event 2015

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

In 1979 the film Yanks was released and shown in cinemas across the world.

It starred Richard Gere, Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane, Lisa Eichhorn and Tony Melody. The film was shot in Saddleworth, Stalybridge, Oldham, Stockport and Hyde in the North West. The film was set in the 1940s and shows American troops stationed in the North West training for deployment to Europe for D-day.

In 2001 a small team of volunteers […]

Thousands turn out for ‘Yanks’ event in Saddleworth

Left to right: Saskia Edwards Korolczuk – Oldham youth mayor, Yasmin Toor, Sharman Birtles – High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Mayor of Oldham – Ateeque Ur-Rehman, Air Chief Marshall Dowding and Cllr Neil Allsopp

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Thousands of people arrived in Saddleworth this weekend to watch the popular annual ‘Yanks’ event.

The event was first staged 15 years ago to celebrate the local filming of the Hollywood movie “YANKS” in 1979 starring Richard Gere. Many locations in Dobcross […]

Borough rolls out the red carpet!

Dobcross Square used in the movie ‘Yanks’

TV and film crews have been saying ‘Hooray for Hollinwood’ and ‘Yanks for the memories’ after choosing the borough as a location for a string of productions.

Over the coming months residents should keep their eyes peeled as some well-known local landmarks and faces appear on our screens.

The BBC recently filmed parts of a new drama series around Hollinwood and Failsworth.

The Driver stars Award-winning actor David Morrissey and former Coronation […]

More Of Your Photos From Yanks Weekend

(all pictures: Patricia Leeson)

Many of you have been sending your photos of the Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth weekend to Saddleworth News this week, for which thank you! Here’s a selection taken by Patricia Leeson.

More Saddleworth News coverage of Yanks, including articles, pictures and videos, can be found here.


More Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth Photos

(all pictures: Pamela Hall)

Thank you to Pamela Hall, who has got in touch with Saddleworth News to share these images taken during the Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth festival last weekend.

More Saddleworth News coverage of Yanks, including articles, more pictures and even a couple of videos of Sunday’s parade, can be found here.


More Photos Of Yanks Weekend In Uppermill

Veterans take part in the procession through Uppermill. (all pictures: Craig Hutton)

Reader Craig Hutton has been in touch with Saddleworth News to share his photos of last weekend’s Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth event. Many thanks Craig!

Here’s a selection of his images taken in Uppermill on Sunday, showing the procession through the village along with some of the other attractions. You can see more of Craig’s photos by clicking here.


Yanks Weekend Pictures From MVS Photography

Taking a break! (all pictures: MVS Photography)

Here are some excellent images taken in Uppermill during last weekend’s Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth festival, by Mark van Spall of MVS Photography.

The photos are reproduced here with his permission. There are plenty more available to view at his Flickr page here, take a look and see if you can spot yourself or someone you know! The MVS Photography website is here.

More Saddleworth News coverage of Yanks, including articles, […]

Pictures Of Yanks Weekend Fun In Dobcross

A good crowd outside The Swan in Dobcross.

Although Uppermill was the focus of the Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth festival last weekend, the village of Dobcross had its share of the fun too. After all, it was the filming of the movie Yanks in the village back in 1978 that inspired the event, which was celebrating its own 10th anniversary.

Here are some pictures taken in Dobcross Square on Sunday afternoon, […]

Yanks Organisers Happy Despite Flypast Disappointments

The view of the Yanks procession in Uppermill from one of the vehicles. (picture: Alison Barlow)

The main organiser of the Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth festival has said this year’s event went “really well” despite last-minute cancellations affecting both scheduled flypasts.

Crowds expecting to see a Dakota on Saturday afternoon, and a Spitfire on Sunday, were left disappointed as neither flight took place.

Paul “Dog Tags” Higginson explained that he’d only been told on Friday morning that the […]

Video Of Yanks Procession In Uppermill

A parade of war veterans and military vehicles was one of the highlights of the Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth festival, held over the past three days at venues across our area.

The procession began on Uppermill High Street just after noon on Sunday, and if you couldn’t make it along or simply want to refresh your memory, these videos give a flavour of the occasion!

The Mayor of Oldham, Greenfield-based Cllr Richard Knowles, said a few words as […]

Yanks Weekend: Send In Your Photos

The Yanks procession goes past Castleshaw last year.

It’s one of the most colourful and enjoyable weekends of the summer, the Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth festival.

If you take any good photos that you’d like to share with Saddleworth News readers, please do send them in!

You can e-mail them to

Alternatively, if you’re on Twitter, you can post them to @saddleworthnews. I’ll publish them on the website next week.

Complete details of all the many events […]

Organisers Ready For Yanks Weekend

The flags are already out at The Commercial in Uppermill.

The main organiser of this weekend’s Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth festival has said everything is “on target” for a successful event, despite a mixed weather forecast.

Paul “Dog Tags” Higginson said today: “Everything’s on target in between the raindrops. But the forecast is better for Sunday which we’re grateful for.”

He revealed there are just a handful of tickets remaining for Saturday night’s Victory Swing Ball at Uppermill […]

1940s Café Returns As Part Of Yanks Weekend

Café staff during last year's Yanks weekend. (picture: Tracy Waller)

This year’s Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth event takes place this weekend, and as part of the celebrations, there will once again be a special 1940s-style café at the Sacred Heart church on Uppermill High Street.

Two Uppermill churches, the Sacred Heart and St Chad, are jointly organising the café, which will be running between11am and 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

There’ll be sandwiches, jacket potatoes, cakes, tea […]