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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Popular Cumbria Lake District museums’ sudden closure

Two of the Lake District’s most popular attractions closed suddenly over the weekend after more than two decades.

Peter Nelson photo
Peter Nelson

Cars of the Stars in Keswick and the Bond Museum shut down with owner Peter Nelson reportedly moving to the US.

A message on the museums’ website said the announcement of the closure was made with “deep sadness”.

“The Cars of the Stars shop area will remain open this year with autographs, memorabilia and a new range of film and TV toys,” it added.

“Please check the website for details of the relocation of the vehicles to a new location shortly.

“Thanks to everyone who has supported the museums over the last 22 years in Keswick.”

Mr Nelson sold off 26 of his vehicles in February, including Harry Potter’s Ford Anglia, Kitt from Knight Rider and Mr Bean’s Mini, but denied he was closing down.

He described the sales as an attic clearance to make room for his James Bond collection.

At the time Mr Nelson said: “I am not closing Cars of the Stars.

"All of the popular cars that people expect when they come here, like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the FAB1 car from Thunderbirds, are staying.”

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