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