Load up your M6 with a cassette of Mobberley FP4. Doesn’t sound quite the full shilling, does it? Perhaps it’s just as well that Ilford stole the commendably short and snappy name of the eponymous Essex town back in 1902 when the filmmaker set up shop there.
Apparently, the burghers of Ilford objected to this unapproved use of their civic moniker. However, they should now be proud because it’s about all that’s left. The name, that is, because the film has fled to healthier climes in the north-west.
Motburlege Pan F Plus
Mobberley, in Cheshire, where our much-loved Ilford films are now produced, doesn’t quite lend itself to the name of a film.
Mind you, it does trip off the tongue a little more smoothly than does Motburlege, as the village was known to William the Conqueror when he commissioned his Domesday Book.
However, for anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting both Ilford and Cheshire in recent years, Mobberley definitely has its attractions. In fact, little Mobberley with its 2,500 denizens, is a charming village even though it is probably no more than 15 or 20 miles south of the metropolis of Manchester. It has definitely fared better than Ilford over the years. I know where I’d sooner live.
You wouldn’t believe what goes on in Mobberley these days, though. So feast your eyes on this latest video from the makers of what is still probably the second most famous brand of film in the world.