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Timothy Spall – Somewhere at Sea
Wed 3 Aug 2011


Actor Timothy Spall, initially notable in the United Kingdom for playing the gormless Barry Taylor in all five series of Auf Wiedersehen Pet, and who has since appeared in various films gaining international recognition as Peter Pettigrew ("Wormtail") in the Harry Potter film series, has arrived in Wells as part of his clockwise circumnavigation of Britain in his barge "Princess Matilda".

Timothy is filming a TV program “Somewhere at Sea” and arrived on Tuesday 2nd August to the Lee Vasey band playing on the quay as part of Wells Carnival’s Funquay day.

His wife Shane, posts a blog in in which she writes:

"20.00 We have 7.5 knots behind us, but don’t seem to be making any headway. The sea is deceptive, it looks almost benign but we keep twisting and rolling from side to side. 3.5 miles to go. The Harbour Master’s going to come out to meet us, to guide us in, apparently it’s a tricky channel.
20.20 Tim’s just called the HM and I’m going to have a very large gin.

3rd August
06.45 I was awoke by a rushing of water, I got up to take a look. I have never witnessed a faster tide rushing in. I hardly ever use this word but the tide coming into Wells-next-the-sea is awesome."

The Harbour staff and Commissioners wish them a very enjoyable stay.