It was business as usual at this year’s Port Eliot festival, despite the death of the founder, the late 10th Earl of St Germans, only a fortnight ago.
Hordes of literati descended on the Cornish estate in the West Country, which voted overwhelmingly for Brexit, to listen to talks, dance all night and swim in the silty estuary.
Bruce Robinson, writer and director of cult eighties movie Withnail and I, spoke with Noel Fielding on Saturday early evening. The writer drew on his own experience with alcoholism when writing the hit film, but gave up drink after he realised he was putting his family at risk. However he fell off the wagon while filming The Rum Diary, based on Hunter S Thompson’s book of the same name, in 2011. During his talk he swore at the audience, calling them ‘a load of Ukip c***s’ and stalked off stage early, to the sound of boos. But he was the one to insult Europe the next morning, shamefacedly blaming his rant on ‘the French, with all that red wine.’