‘What wouldn’t I give
to grow old in a place like that’
Our annual reunion and location walk for devotees of A Canterbury Tale will be a
‘Michael Powell Centenary Walk’
from Bekesbourne to Wickhambreaux, near Canterbury
on Sunday, August 28, 2005
Meet at Bekesbourne Railway Station at 11.45 am
We will see the farmhouse where Michael was born on September 30, 1905, visit the church where he was baptised, then walk down the valley of the Nailbourne and the Little Stour, spending time at places Michael described in the opening chapters of A Life in Movies.
At Wickhambreaux we will explore locations where scenes featuring Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price and John Sweet and were filmed in the summer of 1943, then return via Ickham and Garrington Farms, arriving back at Bekesbourne Station between 5 and 6 pm. There will be plenty of time for ‘pub stops’ en route but bring a picnic lunch in case there are long queues for bar snacks.
The walk will be led by Paul Tritton, author of A Canterbury Tale – Memories of a Classic Wartime Movie and Steve Crook of the Powell & Pressburger Appreciation Society. There will be several stiles and possibly muddy footpaths to negotiate but no steep hills – and we will walk at the speed of the slowest!
No need to book. Just turn up. Nothing to pay but please give generously to our collection in aid of Kent Kids Miles of Smiles Holiday Respite Home.
Getting there and back Bekesbourne Station normally has an hourly train service to and from London via Canterbury East on Sundays but visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for details.
Find Bekesbourne Station on www.multimap.com
If arriving by car, please park safely in a street near the station. In Station Approach parking is prohibited within 75 yards of the junction with Station Road.