AMBULANCES and police cars descended on Kidderminster Town Hall on Monday night to form the backdrop for several pivotal scenes in a major Bollywood film.

The forthcoming feature film 'Taish' is being filmed in various locations across India and the Midlands - including the historic court room in Kidderminster's town hall.

The court room is perfectly preserved and little has changed since it opened in 1877.

More than 60 people including actors, technicians and producers gathered for the overnight film shoot in what was the first time the town hall has been used as a movie location.

A multi-million pound production, Taish is due for release later this year and these scenes will play a key role in the film's plot.

Tony Beirne, town clerk at Kidderminster Town Council, which runs the hall, said: "I am delighted that the producers have chosen Kidderminster Town Hall as one of the film’s major locations, as the court room is one of the Kidderminster’s hidden gems.

"We see this as a good opportunity to promote the towns historical past and I wish the crew all the best with the rest of the filming.”

Kidderminster Town Council is currently working on a Heritage Lottery funded project to explore ways of developing the town hall for the future, and the use of the court room for location filming has been identified as a golden opportunity to encourage greater awareness of the facility.