When the Hollywood blockbuster “Pan” hits silver screens in mid-October, a couple from Gedney Drove End will have their eyes glued to the galleons rather than movie stars like Hugh Jackman.
Liz O’Rourke and husband Andy made two-dozen rope work fenders for the seafaring craft at their Black Pig Fenders workshop.
Liz delivered the 3ft-high fenders to the film set and had the treat of seeing two of the stars filming, Garrett Hedlund (Captain Hook) and Levi Miller (Peter Pan).
Fenders are used on the sides, and sometimes the bow and stern of craft, to protect boats when they are mooring.
Warner Bros, who made the Harry Potter series, phoned the couple out of the blue last year.
Liz (51) said: “Basically they found us on the Internet. They were looking for somebody that actually made things out of rope, which we do.
“It should have been three months worth of work but, because we were on a deadline with them, we managed to do them in a month – we were starting at six in the morning and finishing at 10 at night.”
Liz delivered the 3ft-high fenders to the film set at Cardington Studios, Bedfordshire, and had the treat of seeing two of the stars filming, Garrett Hedlund (Captain Hook) and Levi Miller (Peter Pan).
Sadly, she missed seeing her hero, Hugh Jackman (Blackbeard).
“I’m a big Jackman fan,” she says.
The couple opened their business about 15 years ago, naming it after their barge – The Black Pig – which in turn got its name from the pirate ship commanded by TV cartoon hero Captain Pugwash.
They moved to Gedney Drove End from Northamptonshire three years ago because they found a property with a big enough workshop and they “liked the dark skies” as they both enjoy astronomy.
They have previously made things for TV but Pan is their first brush with Hollywood.
A selection of their work is on show at Long Sutton Barns - including a fender like the ones they made for Pan.
Many of the things they make are destined for boaters using Britain’s inland waterways although they do export to countries such as America.
Liz says: “During the boating season in this country, we are really busy. We are just starting to slow down a little bit now, which gives us time to catch up on the orders.”