Michael Parker is right in thinking hundreds of local people have acted as extras in films made in this area over the years and have interesting tales to tell (Letters, April 9).

I have spoken to many of them while researching the Brighton On Film season and Quadrophenia walking tours and I share their anecdotes in my commentary.

The only film which still draws people to visit the city purely to enjoy reliving it is Quadrophenia.

Starring Phil Danels, Leslie Ash and Sting, it is based on the real-life events of the Mods and Rockers battles in May 1964.

Last year, a Brighton resident, joined the Quadrophenia walk and mentioned he had taken a few photos while watching the filming in 1978, when he was 14.

Shortly afterwards, I had a call from another man who had been an extra asking me why I had a photo of him.

He joined the walk, with his friends and lots of memories were relived as some had been extras in the film and others had taken part in the fights in 1964.

The film is shown every year at the Duke of Yorks cinema and was to have been shown last summer on the giant Stella screen on Brighton beach until it was cancelled following Fatboy Slim's concert.

-G.Clarke, Portslade