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What the papers said
October 12th 2000
TOGETHER AGAIN: John Sweet and Lady Attenborough with author Paul
Tritton at the screening of A Canterbury Tale
Reunited after 56 years
THE Screening of the wartime classic film A Canterbury Tale saw two actors reunited for the first time in more than half a century.
Sheila Sim - better known as Lady Attenborough - and John Sweet were the stars of the film which was shot in and around the city in 1944.
The film premiered that year at the Friar's Cinema, now the Marlowe Theatre, but Mr Sweet, an American GI, had been unable to attend and the two stars had not met since.
To commemorate the original screening 56 years ago, the two stars were in the public eye again as they unveiled a plaque in the theatre foyer last Tuesday.
At the ceremony Lady Attenborough said: "I am very touched indeed. It is a great day for me and brings back some wonderful memories.
"John and I haven't seen each other since 1944."
A Canterbury Tale was the first film lady Attenborough had starred in and it was during the shooting that she became engaged to Richard Attenborough.
As patron of the Kent International Film Festival, she and Mr Sweet had been guests of honour at a special screening of the film on Monday which launched the event.
Mr Sweet said: "I loved seeing the film with a Canterbury audience because they were familier with the locations.
Local author Paul Tritton, who has written a book about A Canterbury Tale said: "The original screening of the film made history because it was the first time a British world premier had taken place in a provincial town.
Crowds gathered on Monday to catch a glimps of the wartime stars as they attended the screening at the ABC cinema.
Not bad, but the screening was on Tuesday, not Monday.
Paul, is Canterbury a "provincial town"? I thought it was a City :)
In the picture at the top, the man behind John, Sheila & Paul looking to the left is Nick Burton, Head Radio, Film & Television Studies Dept at Canterbury Christ Church University College.
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