By Evening Gazette
The team behind the movie Atonement today thanked Teesside for its contribution to footage which is set to become a film industry talking point.
For the past five days, Redcar seafront has been a working film set as 1,000 Teesside extras helped recreate Dunkirk 1940.
Thousands of people have been able to watch from the beach the shooting of footage which, when computer generated imagery is added, will give the impression of 30,000 troops on the sands.
Yesterday was the final day of filming, with all the action taking place within the Corus Teesside site.
Most of the film crew will now leave town, although some will remain to help the council return Newcomen Terrace to its pre-Atonement look.
To place their gratitude on record, Working Title Films have today placed a full page advert in the Gazette, thanking locals for their efforts.
And unit publicist Rachel Kennedy confirmed the week had been a tremendous success.
She said: "It's all run smoothly, the weather's been great and the extras were amazing - they really gave it their all.
"What they've shot on that beach will be talked about by the film industry for many years to come.
"I've seen the rushes and it will blow people's minds.
"All the local lads should be very proud of themselves."
The Newcomen Terrace road closure is expected to be lifted tomorrow , allowing locals a closer look at the bandstand, Ferris wheel and adapted seafront buildings.
Three days of work to dismantle the rest of the set is due to start on Wednesday.