Stephen Fry has expressed his hope that he provides “comfort, balm and solace for many a weary bottom” after the National Trust immortalised him as a talking bench at the their property Felbrigg Hall.
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The Trust has unveiled eight benches voiced by celebrities including national treasure Fry, comedian Miranda Hart and presenter Claudia Winkleman.
The first ever talking benches are inspired by each of the celebrities and capture areas of natural beauty with their own personal audio odes and anecdotes.
The benches will be positioned at National Trust properties across England, Northern Ireland and Wales, giving seated listeners a five-minute audio commentary which aims tol bring the surroundings to life.
“To quote, or nearly quote, WH Davies, ‘What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to sit and stare?'” said Fry, whose bench will regale restful visitors with tales of filming A Cock And Bull Story at Felbrigg Hall. “I’m very proud to be associated with a bench."
Bench mates and their locations:
1. Stephen Fry, actor and writer
Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
2. Miranda Hart, writer, comedian and actress
3. Claudia Winkleman, presenter
Quarry Mill Bank, Cheshire
4. John Sergeant, broadcaster
Petworth House and Park, West Sussex
5. Alain de Botton, philosopher and author
Castle Ward, County Down
6. Nick Baker, naturalist and broadcaster
7. David Gower, cricketer and commentator
Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
8. Iolo Williams, naturalist and broadcaster
Dinefwr Park & Castle, Carmarthenshire
- Listen to the commentaries at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/benchmate