We need to walk around, Alan...

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Tourism bosses are celebrating the link between Steve Cookan's Alan Partridge character and Norwich Photo: PA

Tourism bosses have launched an Alan Partridge walking tour to celebrate the fictional DJ's association with Norwich.

As the city prepares to host the premiere of the film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa on Wednesday, VisitNorwich and Norwich City Council Blue Badge Guides have launched a 90-minute tour which takes in key sites.

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Alpha Papa will premiere at Norwich's Anglia Square hours before a red carpet event at London's Leicester Square Credit: StudioCanal

It includes locations featured in the film, along with London Street - the first conventional street to be pedestrianised in Britain and the city's war memorial to acknowledge Partridge's hatred of health and safety rules.

He will become to Norwich what Harry Potter is to Alnwick Castle

– James Berresford, Chief Executive, VisitEngland

James Berresford, VisitEngland's chief executive, said: "I have no doubt that Alan will help drive visitors to the city. Our research shows that 40% of tourists want to visit locations that they see in films, and he will become to Norwich what Harry Potter is to Alnwick Castle and Lady Mary is to Highclere Castle, albeit in slacks and driving gloves."

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Steve Coogan on stage as Alan Partridge Credit: PA

Five open tours will run between August 9 and 11, costing £6 per person. The tour will continue on a private basis after these dates.

Alpha Papa producers announced earlier this month that the first showing of the film would be in Norwich, following a campaign by locals on Twitter.