PICTURES: Shock as Doncaster Racecourse invaded by Nazis and covered in swastikas for filming shoot

Visitors to Doncaster Racecourse got a shock this morning - when they found the home of the St Leger invaded by Nazis and draped in swastikas.

Tuesday, 15th August 2017, 2:41 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:45 pm
Swastikas and Nazis at Doncaster Racecourse.

The infamous banners were plastered across Town Moor early this morning - but don't worry, the decorations are props for the filming of a new movie based around the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

Meanwhile, scores of actors have been parading around in full Nazi costume and regalia throughout the day for the film shoot.

Camera crews are understood to be capturing scenes for Gold, a Bollywood feature film about India's first ever Olympic medal.

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The film focuses on India's first ever Olympic medal.

Scenes have already been shot at York City’s Bootham Crescent ground, which doubled up as Berlin's Olympic Stadium more than 80 years ago.

The movie, directed by Reema Kagti, stars Bollywood star Akshay Kumar.

According to online movie database IMDB, the film is set in 1948, and tells the historic story of India’s first Olympic medal post independence.

The medal came at the 1948 Olympics, held in London just a year after Indian independence, when the Indian men’s field hockey team beat Great Britain 4-0 in the final to take gold.

Filming has been taking place throughout the day.

Filming has also taken place at Dalton Mill in Keighley, and the Yorkshire scenes are reportedly part of a short sequence looking back to the Berlin Olympics a decade before.

Bradford Film Office spokesman David Wilson said: “Gold is quite a big production, with about 2,000 extras from across Yorkshire filming between now and August.

“It’s a different approach to Bollywood. It’s trying to recreate that world of 1948."

Vintage vehicles and characters in period clothing were brought in for the shoot.
Swastika banners adorned the back of the Racecourse's Clock Stand.
The film focuses on India's first ever Olympic medal.
Filming has been taking place throughout the day.
Vintage vehicles and characters in period clothing were brought in for the shoot.
Swastika banners adorned the back of the Racecourse's Clock Stand.