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Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« on: February 14, 2021, 07:34:59 am »
I just came across this photo on a Facebook group of Paul Newman at Speedwell Cavern in 1971.

Does anyone have any 'celebrity' related caving encounters ?   

 

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2021, 08:15:58 am »
Seems it was a bit earlier than that (& Corrie too):
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g499576-d214411-i273692002-Speedwell_Cavern-Castleton_Hope_Valley_Peak_District_National_Park_Englan.html

They were filming The Spanish Princess at Wookey Hole one day a couple of years ago, when we were there, but only saw the film crew, none of the stars.

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2021, 12:22:42 pm »
Not exactly cave, but a mine.
Robert Plant  owned, and possibly still does, land at Ystrad Einion copper mine in mid Wales.
He was born near me and I think we vaguely knew each other when I met him there in the late 1980s.

He let me camp on his land and bought his family down to see me one morning.
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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2021, 12:54:03 pm »
Not exactly cave, but a mine.
Robert Plant  owned, and possibly still does, land at Ystrad Einion copper mine in mid Wales.
He was born near me and I think we vaguely knew each other when I met him there in the late 1980s.

He let me camp on his land and bought his family down to see me one morning.

I guess that was your first encounter Led
 

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2021, 04:54:55 pm »
Not a Led mine then.

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2021, 05:58:04 pm »
A friend of mine was recording an album in Wales years ago and bumped into Robert Plant in what proved to be his local - she said they had a fine time, and he was a lovely guy. And she's met plenty of twats, so I trust her judgement.

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2021, 08:19:34 pm »
There was a story told of when Chris Bonington met the Eldon Pothole Club. https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=26570.msg325268#msg325268

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2021, 01:31:48 pm »
Nearly ran Clint Eastwood over outside a cave in Iceland.

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2021, 02:48:47 pm »
Let us not forget one of the most famous cave related celebrity incidents:



You won't believe it!

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2021, 02:56:54 pm »
My favourite episode ;)

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2021, 04:16:57 pm »
Top-roped Chris Bonington up a climb at Baildon Bank when he got stood up by Ian Clough in the mid-60s.
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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2021, 10:40:00 pm »
Once, in Inglesport Cafe, to my enduring shame, I mistook Geoff Crossley for John Cordingley - having never met either at the time.
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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2021, 11:17:10 pm »
A friend of mine was recording an album in Wales years ago and bumped into Robert Plant in what proved to be his local - she said they had a fine time, and he was a lovely guy. And she's met plenty of twats, so I trust her judgement.

my kid brother and I met the same gent. in llanthony priory, we had guitars with us he 'enjoyed banter and a little sing song. to-whit Jon said " stay with me son , I'll make you famous!" a true wonder and 'real person'!! 
bet he's not on here, tho if he is ; Thanks   .!
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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2021, 11:19:01 pm »
My favourite episode ;)
I don't believe it!  :lol:
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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2021, 11:52:29 am »
Anyone have a photo of Geoff Capes and the Johnny Walker Expedition to Mexico??

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2021, 10:37:24 am »
Crikey, nearly forgot my own celeb encounter.   Mike Harding visited us at the Berger base camp TSG  1987. Here he is pictured on my 6foot blow up crocodile which he duly signed for me. Pictured with his are the late  Ray Fairholme, Steve Breedon and the late Buster Wright.
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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2021, 10:59:18 am »
Saw Mike Harding at the Gamecock Christmas before last, when we were staying at the Bradford.

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2021, 11:38:31 am »
Met a few 'famous' people whilst I was a guide at Speedwell, mostly local news presenters and the like. Occasional footballers etc. My most memorable encounter was when I took Lee Evans, his wife and his minder on a tour. Lee kept mentioning how dark it was in the cave until his wife pointed out he hadn't taken his sunglasses off since we'd left daylight 😂. He was genuinely a really nice bloke, seemed really interested and never stopped asking questions.
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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2021, 10:43:49 pm »
I met a couple of celebrities, whilst I was a cavern guide at Masson Cavern, 'Heights of Abraham', between 2000 - 2006. The first was Ken Livingstone (ex London Mayor, etc) who visited during August one year, as part of a group. The second was Ian Lavender (Dad's Army & Eastenders) who visited in September, with one other. The giveaway was his peaked cap with 'Pinewood Studios' on it! Both were very different, with Ken high-profile visiting in 'peak' season, whereas Ian kept a low-profile, visiting in a quieter month. Don't think they visited in same year, would need to check my diaries. Would have been nice to have got autographs and/or photos, but sadly got neither.  :(
Cheers, Paul.
Note: I have met a few other celebs, including; Denis Law (ex footballer) and more recently Vicky Butler-Henderson (TV Presenter; Motorsport), but not caving related.   

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #19 on: Yesterday at 11:23:12 am »
Mike Atherton used to have Sunday lunch at the Wizard and parked his car in front of the DCC visitor centre. Sadly Todge and co. had no idea who he was.
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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #20 on: Yesterday at 02:14:43 pm »
Not sure if this counts as no caves or mines involved but....

Many Years ago I opened the door into a Gents toilets rather exuberantly, only to find I had fetched the Rev'd Ian Paisley a rather hefty clout with the other side of it. His shouty response didn't disappoint!

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Re: Paul Newman Speedwell Cavern
« Reply #21 on: Yesterday at 03:33:56 pm »
Hahah - nice work. He definitely asked for it. I've got a few celebrity incidents, just not caving-related ones. And one includes vomit, so probably not suitable at all  :halo:

 

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