Page last updated at 08:43 GMT, Thursday, 15 October 2009 09:43 UK

Hero's return as Pennan Inn opens

Pennan Inn
The hotel featured in the classic film Local Hero

The hotel which found worldwide fame after featuring in the film Local Hero has re-opened for business.

The Pennan Inn in Aberdeenshire - and the village's red phone box - became recognised after Bill Forsyth's 1983 film starring Burt Lancaster.

It closed in August 2007, the same week as the village was hit by landslides.

New owner Peter Simpson now has the Pennan Inn back up and running, and the re-opening has been welcomed by locals and tourists.

Mr Simpson, of Turriff, told BBC Scotland: "It's such a famous pub and it seemed like a good business proposition in such a unique location."

He explained: "We are hoping to maintain the Inn's unique character and put the heart back into Pennan."

The 1983 film saw representatives of a US petro-chemical giant, who were seeking to build a refinery in a coastal village, come to find the gentler rhythms of the local life practically irresistible.

Print Sponsor

Local Hero hotel landlord named
18 Aug 09 |  North East/N Isles
Pennan hotel finds new Local Hero
17 Aug 09 |  North East/N Isles
Local Hero's return to Pennan
18 Nov 08 |  Entertainment
Local Hero hotel finds new owners
11 Mar 08 |  North East/N Isles
Pennan residents able to return
08 Aug 07 |  North East/N Isles
In pictures: Pennan flooding
06 Aug 07 |  In Pictures
Floods and mud force people out
06 Aug 07 |  North East/N Isles
Local Hero phone's record calling
30 Mar 07 |  North East/N Isles
In pictures: Local Hero record
30 Mar 07 |  In Pictures
Scots film tops 'locations' poll
29 Sep 05 |  Scotland

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific