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Stars walk red carpet at Cumbria premiere of Postman Pat: The Movie

A STAR-STUDDED cast and plenty of excited families welcomed Postman Pat to his spiritual home of Cumbria for the Kendal premiere of the lovable character’s first feature-length film.

Postman Pat: The Movie will be hitting the cinemas across the country next week, but a special screening was put on at the Brewery Arts Centre on Saturday for fans to glimpse their idol.

Despite being set in the fictional village of Greendale, Postman Pat author John Cunliffe was inspired by the towns around Kendal and its people - causing Cumbrians to adopt Pat Clifton as one of their own.

Therefore, producers of the film thought it right to host a special gala in Kendal ahead of the movie’s general release.

Crowds gathered in the glorious sunshine at the Brewery Arts Centre and children clambered aboard the ‘Greendale Rocket’ - provided by the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

Stephen Mangan, who voices the famous mailman in the film, wowed crowds as he walked the red carpet.

The actor, best known for playing the role of Dan Moody in I’m Alan Partridge, told the Evening Mail: “This atmosphere is absolutely amazing. It’s so great to come to Cumbria. Everyone knows where Postman Pat comes from so it made sense for us to be here.

“There are some fantastic animated films at the moment like Frozen and the Toy Story trilogy, but they are all American - isn’t it good to have a character that’s so British.”

Asked about how he was offered the role, Stephen added: “My agent rang me up and said: 'Would you like to play Postman Pat?' How could I say no?

“It was a very easy decision to make. I rushed home and told my boys that I was the new Postman Pat.”

Eighty-year-old John Cunliffe also made an appearance on the red carpet, and said he had only seen clips of the movie prior to its Cumbrian screening.

He said: “If somebody told me this was going to happen I would have told them they were crazy.

"I love Kendal, I love the Lake District, I love Cumbria."

For more reaction and interviews, pick up a copy of the Evening Mail on Monday.

Check out: Postman Pat is Cumbrian and nine other Pat facts you didn't know

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