Stephen Fry voices bench “for weary bottoms”

National Trust unveils speaking park benches for UK tourist spots

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Stephen Fry and others are recording audio monologues inspired by nature which will be played through speakers on special benches in key beauty spots around the UK.

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Fry’s bench will be installed at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk and the polymath said: “To quote, or nearly quote, WH Davies, ‘What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to sit and stare?’ I am very proud to be associated with a bench and I hope I provide comfort, balm and solace for many a weary bottom.”

Listeners sitting on Fry’s speaking bench will hear him recounting stories of when he filmed A Cock and Bull Story at Felbrigg Hall.

Other celebrities include Claudia Winkleman, cricket’s David Gower, philosopher Alain de Botton and comedian Miranda Hart whose monologue is about how a bike ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End revived her love for the outdoors.

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Other locations for the eight special benches – which took six months to make – will be at: Craigside, Northumberland; Quarry Mill Bank, Cheshire; Petworth House and Park, West Sussex; Cotehele, Cornwall; Calke Abbey, Derbyshire and Dinefwr Park and Castle, Carmarthenshire.