Daborns hits big screen at Ambassadors

SCREEN 6 at Woking’s Ambassadors cinema was packed on Saturday and Monday evenings for a special showing of a film which depicts a Chobham business taken back to the 1960s.

The owners of the Leonard Daborn garage and car salesroom had hired the auditorium and invited 150 family members, friends and their staff to see The Mercy, which stars Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

The audience saw the Station Road premises transformed by a props crew and used as a set for several scenes in the just-released film, which was made over the summer of 2015.

The co-owners of Leonard Daborn, David and Jane Atkins, with a poster showing the stars of The Mercy at The Ambassadors.

“We thought it would be good to hire the cinema screen so that our family and people we know could see the results of the huge efforts the film company went to at the garage,” said co-owner David Atkins.

“They were here for two weeks to create the scenery and do the filming and our car park was packed with their vehicles,” added David, who can be glimpsed in the background in one of the internal shots.

The Mercy tells the ill-fated story of Donald Crowhurst, played by Firth, who entered a 1968 round-the-world solo yacht race in an unfinished boat. His main sponsor was a businessman known as the Caravan King, whose office was set up in the Daborns building.

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