A HAND-WRITTEN letter of thanks from Oscar winning actor Colin Firth is to be framed by a Berwick hotel owner who sent him a cake in the shape of a steam train.
The cake was sent to Firth during filming in Berwick and Holy Island of The Railway Man in which he plays war hero Eric Lomax who still lives in the town.
Elizabeth Middlemiss, who sent the cake as a welcome present, said she was “thrilled to bits” by the handwritten letter she had just received.
She had ordered the cake from local baker Robert Whitton, who also baked one for Nicole Kidman, as she had been told that leading members of the cast were to stay at Sallyport, her boutique hotel on Bridge Street.
However only the camera crew turned up while the stars stayed at Tillmouth Park Hotel, near Cornhill.
Although disappointed, Elizabeth decided to give the cakes to the camera crew to take to the stars.
“I gave them a note with them and suggested to Colin that if he didn’t want to eat it himself then he could maybe give it to Eric who is now 92. After all he is the real hero,” she explained.
She was delighted when she received the handwritten reply from Firth, which says: “Dear Elizabeth, thank you so much for the beautiful cake which is a masterpiece. Sorry not to have made it this time to Sallyport but please accept my gratitude for this gesture and a delicious cake.”
Firth did, in fact, take the cake to Eric who was a PoW in the Second World War and was tortured by the Japanese. “He said it was too beautiful to cut,” Firth told Elizabeth, who is hoping she might also get a letter from Kidman to put up on her wall.
“You never know although she has her two young girls with her so she will be busy with them when she is not filming,” said Elizabeth.
Filming finishes in the UK this week and switches to Thailand and Australia. The film is due for release next year.