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Celebrity in Kendal for gala screening of new film

The Westmorland Gazette: Postman Pat in a scene from the new film Postman Pat in a scene from the new film

COMEDIAN and actor Stephen Mangan is in Kendal today for the gala screening of Postman Pat: The Movie.

The celebrity, who does the voice for the Kendal-inspired postie in the film, is due at The Brewery Arts Centre this afternoon for a premiere and red carpet event.

Touches will include a replica steam engine in the Brewery’s garden.

Heading along will be a real former postie has won a family set of four tickets.

Steven Armstrong, 80, of Kendal, delivered mail in Cumbria for 20 years and said: “I loved the job – I always loved meeting people”.

Steven’s partner Carol Wood, 75, won the Gazette’s competition by correctly answering that the author John Cunliffe was a teacher at Castle Park Primary School when he created Postman Pat.

The pair will be taking along great-granddaughter Megan and a lucky friend.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” said Carol, “We think the Brewery’s a wonderful place and the film will be really good for Kendal – any publicity for the town is great.”

The film goes on general release in the UK next weekend.

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