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Yesterday movie fan's delight over invite to take tea with writer Richard Curtis

PUBLISHED: 09:23 20 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:21 23 July 2019

Dawn Walker, from Seattle, enjoyed tea and cake at the home of Richard Curtis and Emma Freud after they read her story about travelling 5,000 to the Pier Hotel, Gorleston, where key scenes in their film Yesterday were shot Picture: Dawn Walker

Dawn Walker, from Seattle, enjoyed tea and cake at the home of Richard Curtis and Emma Freud after they read her story about travelling 5,000 to the Pier Hotel, Gorleston, where key scenes in their film Yesterday were shot Picture: Dawn Walker

Dawn Walker

The story of a woman's 5,000 mile trip to Gorleston's Pier Hotel because of the film Yesterday has taken a heartwarming twist - with an invite to tea with the film's writer.

Dawn Walker, from Seattle, enjoyed tea and cake at the home of Richard Curtis and Emma Freud after they read her story about travelling 5,000 to the Pier Hotel, Gorleston, where key scenes in their film Yesterday were shot Picture: Dawn WalkerDawn Walker, from Seattle, enjoyed tea and cake at the home of Richard Curtis and Emma Freud after they read her story about travelling 5,000 to the Pier Hotel, Gorleston, where key scenes in their film Yesterday were shot Picture: Dawn Walker

Dawn Walker travelled to the seaside gem from her home in Seattle on a whim after she saw the landmark building on the silver screen.

Having already taken time off to celebrate her milestone 50th birthday she decided to strike out and do something "out of character" as she entered her sixth decade, and hopped on a flight.

Now the married mum-of-two was able to chink teacups with the film's writer Richard Curtis at his Suffolk home with his girlfriend and associate producer Emma Freud who read the story and tweeted an invite.

The tweet said: "Hi Dawn, are you around near Gorleston tomorrow afternoon? Fancy a cup of tea with the man who wrote Yesterday?"

Dawn Walker from Seattle has seized the day travelling to Gorleston's Pier Hotel on a whim after seeing it in the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis rom-com Yesterday. She celebrated her 50th birthday there this week Picture: Dawn WalkerDawn Walker from Seattle has seized the day travelling to Gorleston's Pier Hotel on a whim after seeing it in the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis rom-com Yesterday. She celebrated her 50th birthday there this week Picture: Dawn Walker

People on Twitter were quick to hail the lovely gesture, one woman saying: "This has literally made my day."

And after making some arrangements Mrs Walker, accepted the generous offer of to meet with the stars on Thursday.

She said: "Emma and Richard were just so friendly.

"They were both so down to earth and they signed a book for me and dug around and found a poster.

Screenwriter Richard Curtis, and his wife Emma Freud at the Gorleston Palace cinema for the local premiere of the film Yesterday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYScreenwriter Richard Curtis, and his wife Emma Freud at the Gorleston Palace cinema for the local premiere of the film Yesterday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

"They were just really nice people and they were both happy to be part of my birthday adventure.

"I feel like I was the one hit by the bus and living a totally wonderful existence."

In the hour-and-a-half she was with the couple in Walberswick, she was plied with cake, with Freud trying out various recipes as she vied for top honours in the village show.

She said the success of the trip had given her a new confidence as she marked her 50th birthday and travelled alone for the first time.

Director Danny Boyle, left, with writer Richard Curtis and his wife Emma Freud, and actor Kate McKinnon at the Gorleston Palace cinema for the local premiere of the film Yesterday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDirector Danny Boyle, left, with writer Richard Curtis and his wife Emma Freud, and actor Kate McKinnon at the Gorleston Palace cinema for the local premiere of the film Yesterday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

"I have been very safe and am generally a steady person, now I feel I can step out of my comfort zone," she added.

"I never imagined anything like this would happen. Had I stayed at home I would probably be cleaning out my drawers."

Dawn Walker from Seattle has seized the day travelling to Gorleston's Pier Hotel on a whim after seeing it in the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis rom-com Yesterday. She celebrated her 50th birthday there this week Picture: Dawn WalkerDawn Walker from Seattle has seized the day travelling to Gorleston's Pier Hotel on a whim after seeing it in the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis rom-com Yesterday. She celebrated her 50th birthday there this week Picture: Dawn Walker

Dawn Walker from Seattle has seized the day travelling to Gorleston's Pier Hotel on a whim after seeing it in the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis rom-com Yesterday. She celebrated her 50th birthday there this week Picture: Dawn WalkerDawn Walker from Seattle has seized the day travelling to Gorleston's Pier Hotel on a whim after seeing it in the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis rom-com Yesterday. She celebrated her 50th birthday there this week Picture: Dawn Walker

Dawn Walker from Seattle has seized the day travelling to Gorleston's Pier Hotel on a whim after seeing it in the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis rom-com Yesterday. She celebrated her 50th birthday there this week Picture: Dawn WalkerDawn Walker from Seattle has seized the day travelling to Gorleston's Pier Hotel on a whim after seeing it in the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis rom-com Yesterday. She celebrated her 50th birthday there this week Picture: Dawn Walker

Dawn Walker, from Seattle, made the trip from the US to Gorleston's Pier Hotel after she saw the movie Yesterday Picture: Dawn WalkerDawn Walker, from Seattle, made the trip from the US to Gorleston's Pier Hotel after she saw the movie Yesterday Picture: Dawn Walker

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Dawn Walker from Seattle has seized the day travelling to Gorleston's Pier Hotel on a whim after seeing it in the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis rom-com Yesterday. She celebrated her 50th birthday there this week Picture: Dawn WalkerDawn Walker from Seattle has seized the day travelling to Gorleston's Pier Hotel on a whim after seeing it in the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis rom-com Yesterday. She celebrated her 50th birthday there this week Picture: Dawn Walker

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