Famous actors visit the Goose and Cuckoo

By Christopher Gage in Local People

The stars of popular TV show Great Canal Journeys, spent the day filming at a landmark pub Llanover this week.

Timothy West and Prunella Scales, hosts of the show, chose the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal route as part of the seventh instalment of the Channel 4 series.

After completing a passage of the renowned waterway, filming continued at the Goose and Cuckoo Inn, Llanover, where the couple were greeted with a packed pub of forty regulars and Welsh folk band.

The Goose and Cuckoo, which is run by friends Sue and Rhiannon, and Rhiannon’s son Morgan, was chosen for its rich place in local and national history.

Back in the 1800s, the pub became ‘a magnet’ for drinkers after Lady Llanover, a supporter of the Temperance movement, bought up every public house on her estate, converting each into a coffee house.

Timothy, and Prunella, joined in conversation with the locals, many of whom were described as ‘characters’ by the landlords, and drafted especially for the occasion.

The folk singers regaled traditional Welsh ditties, often hundreds of years old. One number, ‘Real Llanover’ was first written by Lady Llanover’s extensive staff back in the 1800s.

Great Canal Journeys returns to the screen later this year.

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