Jeremy Irons Joins Campaign
I wrote a post yesterday about the dangerous state of the building which was the main headline in the View story. The other revelation in the article which is important for efforts to save The Three Cups is the weight Jeremy Irons has added to the campaign by his comments on the subject.
Jeremy Irons played the leading role of Charles Henry Smithson in the 1981 film version of John Fowles' novel, The French Lieutenant's Woman, which featured The Three Cups and Lyme Regis. So his comments are all the more valuable. According to the exclusive report by Philip Evans in the View:
"In an e-mail to John Grantham, the leader of Community Alert on Pubs, Mr Irons said: 'It seems to me that owners leaving a building abandoned for a long period of time, when that building is part of the local community, should be prosecuted for vandalism to our built heritage.
I cannot believe that the local authorities do not have the power of compulsory purchase in such a case and I hope that they may be prompted into using such power on behalf of the people of Lyme Regis and all of us who value our irreplaceable architectural heritage.'"
If you would like to add your support to John Grantham's campaign, please make sure you attend the public meeting to be held at the Electric Palace in Bridport on Friday 24th April.