Trust launches plans for cafe in Lo­cal Hero vil­lage

Pro­ceeds will go to­wards up­keep of his­toric Pen­nan Har­bour


A trust has launched plans to cre­ate a cafe to help pay for the up­keep of the iconic har­bour at Pen­nan.

The vil­lage was made fa­mous in 1983 after it was im­mor­talised by the Burt Lan­caster com­edy-drama Lo­cal Hero.

Both the Pen­nan Inn and distinc­tive phonebox have a star­ring role in the movie and the tiny coastal com­mu­nity has been a draw for fans ever since.

The cafe would sell re­fresh­ments and craft items made in the vil­lage.

Doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted along with the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to the coun­cil said the new ven­ture would bring “much-needed rev­enue” to the har­bour.

The money would help pay for re­pairs and fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the site.

The re­port, signed by Pen­nan Har­bour Trust chair­man Alistair MacKen­zie, said: “The fa­cil­ity will pro­vide much­needed rev­enue for Pen­nan Har­bour and will add a very sig­nif­i­cant vis­i­tor amenity to the much-vis­ited vil­lage.

“Ev­i­dence gath­ered in a vis­i­tor’s com­ments book avail­able at the ex­ist­ing, tem­po­rary fa­cil­ity con­firm the very pos­i­tive re­cep­tion that the fa­cil­ity has re­ceived from re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors.

“It leaves lit­tle doubt to the im­proved amenity a c h i e v e d a n d t h e con­tri­bu­tion de­rived to the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The new cafe would re­place the Coastal Cup­pie, which has been op­er­at­ing in Pen­nan since last sum­mer.

Shona Steven, who has been brew­ing up hot drinks and snacks out of the con­verted shed since it opened last year, hopes to be in­volved in the new cafe.

Miss Steven said: “The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is for a new shed and hope­fully it will with­stand the win­ter storms.

“At the mo­ment I am work­ing out of an 8x6ft gar­den shed that has been adapted.

“I have served peo­ple from all over the world, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, Spain France and Swe­den.”

Pen­nan has been pop­u­lar with tourists since Lo­cal Hero was re­leased cin­e­mas 35 years ago.

The vil­lage inn was fea­tured promi­nently in the film and a plaque on the out­side marks its star­ring role.

The Pen­nan Inn was due to close this month, but owner Peter Simp­son had a change of heart.

Mr Simp­son faced fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties after the oil down­turn and new drink-driv­ing laws, but lo­cals ral­lied round and con­vinced him to carry on. in A Ding­wall wo­man whose brother re­cently took his own life has launched a cam­paign to help raise aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues.

Sa­man­tha Steven, 24, lost her brother Barry McGill, 40, in June after years of de­pres­sion.

His psy­cho­log­i­cal con­di­tion was so bad that Miss Steven some­times ac­com­pa­nied him to ap­point­ments at New Craigs Psy­chi­atric Hospi­tal in In­ver­ness.

Mr McGill’s death stunned his fam­ily be­cause he usu­ally talked openly about his feel­ings.

Miss Steven said: “It was huge shock. When­ever he was feel­ing rub­bish he would be over with me and Mam

Pho­to­graph by Dun­can Brown

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