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Red letter day for Postman Pat at Kendal premiere

It's not very often a film premiere is held in our region. But this weekend was an exception, as "Postman Pat: The Movie" made its northern debut in Kendal.

The original stories were set in the fictional village of Greendale which was based on the nearby village of Longsleddale. So it was a bit of a homecoming for Pat - but how has he stood the test of time?

Matthew Taylor went to find out:

The film is out in cinemas on Friday 23 May and has a cast including Stephen Mangan, David Tennant, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Grint and of course Postman Pat's black and white cat, Jess.

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Postman Pat on the red carpet

Postman Pat has arrived on the red carpet in Kendal for the premier of his own film.

The Postman Pat movie stars actor Stephen Mangan as Pat's voice.

Kendal was chosen as the stories, by John Cunliffe, were set in the area. Longsleddale was the inspiration for Greendale in the books.

Postman Pat arriving for the premier of his film Credit: ITV News Border

Postman Pat film premier underway in Kendal

Actor Stephen Mangan, Postman Pat and author John Cunliffe at the premier Credit: ITV News Border

The world premier of the Postman Pat movie is underway in Kendal.

The star of the film, actor Stephen Mangan, who provides Pat's voice, is among those at the showing. The original stories were set in the Lake District with the fictional village of Greendale based on Longsleddale near Kendal.

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