Pub featured in Local Hero finds new owner

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A pub which achieved global fame for its role in a cult film has been sold after lying empty for two years, it was confirmed today.

The Pennan Inn featured prominently in Local Hero and has attracted visitors from around the world since the film's release in 1983.

It closed in August 2007 after its owners put it up for sale and emigrated to Canada.

Around the same time, Pennan was badly hit by mudslides, leading to the evacuation of the coastal village in Buchan, Aberdeenshire.

Efforts to find a buyer up to now had failed, raising fears locally that the pub would never reopen.

However, Aberdeen-based estate agent Matthew Cohen today confirmed the pub had been sold.

Mr Cohen, who did not reveal the identity of the successful bidder, said: "This is a great result and a sign that the property market has begun to turn for the better.

"It is going to be a big boost for the village of Pennan."

Local Hero tells the story of an American oil executive who is sent to Scotland to acquire a fishing village in order to make way for a refinery.

The red telephone box situated near the Pennan Inn appears a number of times in the film, and has proved a particular draw for fans ever since.

Pennan has been gradually recovering from the mudslides, and last year the almost-destroyed village hall was reopened.

The reopening was attended by Local Hero director Bill Forsyth in his first visit to the village since filming ended.