You know how it is when you move house, friends and relatives want to visit as soon as possible.
No Visiting Allowed Just Yet
We gave out strict instructions that we didn’t want visitors for the first couple of months, while we sorted ourselves out. It can take an age sometimes, just sorting out a new holder for the toothbrushes or somewhere to hide the toilet rolls while I get that noisy flush fixed on the toilet. It must have been around the 6 months time when my cousin and his wife phoned to see if it was ok to come and visit. Fine.
The date was set and I remember thinking what a gorgeous Autumnal day it was, not a cloud in the sky so they should have a good journey from Birmingham. They were due around lunchtime, so we had the morning to prepare something to eat and drink for when they got here. Outside though, there was something going on that looked like it might be roadworks being set up.
The road passes the front of our house and a truck pulled up and set portable traffic lights up about a hundred yards away or so. We were intrigued, so went outside to see what exactly was happening. There was a film crew in the centre of the village and the traffic lights had been set up to control through traffic while they filmed. Oooh, excitement! I wonder what they are filming?
There was lots of moving about and people talking to each other on ‘walkie talkies’ even though they were almost standing opposite each other. I even had a guy shout at me in true Hollywood style, ‘Hey, gerrout of shot, will ya!’ So I did and went back home. Our visitors arrived not long after and we all sat down for some lunch. As we were tucking into fresh Turkey and Crab sandwiches with Hellimans sauce and fudge who should turn up outside the window, but none other than Kevin Bacon.
Is That kevin?
Our guests were surprised. They had come to visit us in almost the middle of nowhere and there, standing outside our dining room window is Mr Bacon. “Does he live here?” they asked. “Oh, Kev, no, he’s making a film here” was my reply. At least it took their attention away from the sandwiches. We did manage to get a glimpse outside after and caught part of the scene they were filming where he goes into the local pub, which had been converted into a local shop for the day.
The film was released around September 2020 and our village pub comes shop gets its 15 seconds of fame. It’s called You Should Have Left and is scary.