Brief Encounter sculpture scheme back on

Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard in Brief Encounter shot at Carnforth Railway Station
Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard in Brief Encounter shot at Carnforth Railway Station

A statue of two actors is the latest plan to pay tribute to a famous film made in Carnforth.

Campaigners hope a sculpture of Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, stars of Brief Encounter, can be built in the town.

This comes after an original plan for a sculpture of the film’s director, Sir David Lean, was turned down by his family.

The late director’s daughter contacted John Adams at Carnforth Heritage Trust last month and said her father had left instructions that no sculpture of him should be created when he died.

This came after months of talks by Carnforth Town Council about the idea.

But the David Lean Foundation said they would be happy for a statue featuring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, who played the romantic leads in the 1945 film about strangers who fall in love at a railway station.

Brief Encounter was part filmed at Carnforth station.

A company in London, Square Rock, will be asked to seek permission for a Johnson and Howard monument in the town.