Cinematic landmark still drawing the crowds

Date: Tuesday 26th September 2017
The telephone box which made a brief appearance in the film still attracts fans.
The telephone box which made a brief appearance in the film still attracts fans.

THE cult film Withnail and I was released 30 years ago this summer but to this day people from all over the world continue to flock to a local telephone box featured briefly in the British classic.

The phone in its distinctive red box at Bampton, near Haweswater, no longer works, but that has not stopped a steady stream of global fans from seeking it out for its celebrity status.

Villagers have left a notebook and pen in the box to allow visitors to scrawl memorable quotes or their thoughts. One couple, Dave and Steph Gray, wrote, in a nod to one of the film’s popular quotes: “Come a long way to see this phone box. Are you the farmer?”

The film starred Richard E. Grant as Withnail and Paul McGann as I, or Marwood. It tells the tale of two “resting actors” who head for a farcical weekend in the country. They stay at Crow Crag, which was Sleddale Hall, near Shap. The film is based on the student years of director Bruce Robinson, who wrote the screenplay.