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Crumby tribute to famous patrons
Museum
The collection was inspired by a visit from David Bailey
A cafe in a tiny Cornish village has come up with a novel way to commemorate its most famous customers.

The Old Boatstore cafe in Kingsand has started displaying the leftovers of the likes of Pete Doherty and David Bailey.

Michael and Francesca Bennett have owned the seafront cafe for four years and the collection was prompted by renowned photographer Bailey's visit.

"We were so chuffed he had come in we kept part of his sandwich as a joke, it just grew from that," said Francesca.

Now the food scraps from an array of famous names are on show in the Museum of Celebrity Leftovers, displayed under matching glass domes on a specially-erected shelf.

CELEBRITY CRUMBS
Pete Doherty: toastie crust
David Bailey: sandwich crust
TV presenter Paul Heiney: butter wrapper
Comedian Hugh Dennis:cone end
Admiral Sir Jonathan Band First Sea Lord: raisin from fruitcake
Retired BBC weatherman Craig Rich: pasty crust
Actor John Woodvine: croissant crumb

The couple were particularly impressed by Doherty when he visited in July and came into the cafe after taking a swim in the sea.

"He was really nice, our three sons are in a band and he took their CD with him and signed one of his CDs for them," said Francesca.

The remains of his cheese, tomato and pesto toastie is one of the museum's prize exhibits.

Pete Doherty's panini crust
Pete Doherty's panini is one of the prize exhibits

"It's so quiet here, it's really surprising that so many famous people should turn up in such a small village," said Francesca.

"Most customers think it's pretty funny."

No special steps have been taken to preserve the exhibits but none of them are so far showing any signs of mould.

"They just seem to be drying out really," said Francesca.

"I suppose if one did start to go green and disgusting we would hopefully have something else to replace it with by then."

And Michael has his own wish list for whose leftovers he would like to add to what he describes as "Cornwall's smallest museum".

"For me, personally, it would have to be David Hockney or Peter Blake, someone like that," he said.

"You live in hope."




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