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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 July, 2004, 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK
'Hammer horrors' actor honoured
Peter Cushing
The actor is remembered for playing detective Sherlock Holmes
An exhibition has opened at Whitstable Museum to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of actor Peter Cushing, one of the town's most famous residents.

Cushing, who moved to Whitstable in 1959, acted in more than 90 films and is best remembered for his roles in the Hammer House of Horror series.

He also known for playing Sherlock Holmes in the 1960s BBC TV series.

Private photographs, paintings and letters from actor friends like Peter Ustinov and Joanna Lumley are on show.

Town 'ambassador'

Canterbury City Council leader Alex Perkins said Cushing "brought pleasure to millions through his consummate acting skills".

"He conveyed charm and dignity, which made him a wonderful ambassador for the town," he said.

Privately, the actor was known to have a passion for painting and model-making, and is known to have designed scarves for Marks & Spencer, as well as the Queen Mother.

As a long-term resident of the town, he is also remembered for his love of walking and cycling around the area.

A new town trail book has been published by the Friends of Whitstable Museum in recognition of his.

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