Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Celebs voice beauty spot benches

Broadcaster John Sergeant on his talking bench at Petworth House and Park, West Sussex

A series of talking benches voiced by celebrities including Miranda Hart and Stephen Fry are being set up at eight different beauty spots.

The National Trust enlisted the stars to record monologues for the bespoke benches, which give listeners a five-minute commentary inspired by their surroundings.

Fry recorded a commentary for a bench at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk, where he filmed A Cock And Bull Story.

He said: "To quote, or nearly quote, WH Davies, 'what is this life if, full of care, we have no time to sit and stare?' I am very proud to be associated with a bench and I hope I provide comfort, balm and solace for many a weary bottom."

The recordings also include former England cricket captain David Gower's talk about "the unstately home" of Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, broadcaster John Sergeant at Petworth House and Park, West Sussex, and Hart's love letter to the outdoors at Cragside, Northumberland.

Hart said: "It was a very easy decision to get involved with the National Trust, not only because I love it anyway but the idea of being somebody's "bench mate" and chatting to them while they get to experience a beautiful view is a lovely, nay tremendous, idea."

The National Trust looks after more than 300 historic houses and gardens, over 700 miles of coastline and over 617,500 acres of land across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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