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7:03am 18th February 2013
(Updated 7:03am 18th February 2013)

There is anger as it is revealed a classic Cornish love story is being moved out of Cornwall.

The BBC ghas confirmed it is remaking Fowey author Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn, but filming it in Belfast.

That is even though the story of smuggling and suspense is based around Bodmin Moor.

Sylvia Kessel works in the museum next to the historic pub. She said: "I think it's a real shame because there are such lovely spots in Cornwall, especially round here - Brown Willy, Rough Tor. I think it's a real shame it's not being filmed in Cornwall.

"With the fog and mist it's really eery and spooky. You can imagine all the things she says in her book on the moor."

Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall said: "The dream ticket would have been to have it filmed in Cornwall because it's so associated it with Cornwall. That said, whenever people see it on their DVD or whatever they will associate it with Cornwall and, as long as the scenery is like Cornwall it can give a major boost, particularly for Bodmin Moor and that area.

"A classic incidence is that 'Saving Private Ryan' was actually filmed in Ireland but the benefit came to the Normandy beaches with people doing the pilgrimage and the associated tourism that was based on that."

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "BBC Northern Ireland Drama have been developing Jamaica Inn with Origin Pictures for over 18 months and enjoy a longstanding relationship.

"This commission is part of the BBC's on-going commitment to establish a drama base in Northern Ireland which provides a strong, talented crew base, great locations and logistical ease."

7:03am 18th February 2013

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