Bank of Dave founder says ‘Burnley is the new Hollywood’ as he battles Brad Pitt

There’s rarely been a better time to be living in Burnley.

The football team is flying high at the top of the Championship and the Bank of Dave is still trending on Netflix.

And if that wasn’t enough, local lad Lucien Laviscount is being tipped to the next James Bond!

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Dave Fishwick is currently at the centre of the Lancashire love-in after Hollywood took inspiration from his rags to riches story for a Netflix movie.

He is a self-made millionaire who made fortunes selling minibuses before setting up a community bank in 2008 where he uses all profits to give back to society.

The father, who stays humble with no frills corned beef suppers, told us: “There was a review in the paper and we are going up against Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, a billion dollar American blockbuster!

“And Bank of Dave is holding its own, how fabulous is that? We were talking about Brad Pitt playing me but I think he has too much hair so we went with Rory [Kinnear].”

The 51-year-old added: “Putting Burnley in a really positive light and trying to give advice like I do to businesses, that’s the thing I’m most proud of out of any other achievements.

“If we can put Burnley on the map for the right reasons rather than the wrong ones, what a fantastic thing to do.”

Producers of the feel-good biopic wanted to do a premiere in the iconic Leicester Square in London.

But Dave, who left school at 16 to work on building sites, was having none of it.

He brought the star studded cast, including Bridgerton's Phoebe Dynevor, up to Burnley instead and he himself turned up in a minibus.

And asked how the people of Burnley are feeling about the recent spotlight, and whether the next Bond could be from the area, Dave was quick to respond.

“Whatever Burnley could bring to the party would be amazing,” he said. “It has had such a tough time over the decades.

“I walked through the town yesterday between meetings and the amount of people just coming up and saying hello and thank you for putting it in a positive light and that’s why I did the premiere here and Netflix were brilliant.

“I knew [Leicester Square] would be wonderful and glamorous and we would meet lots of people or whatever but I wasn’t that bothered about that.

“I wanted the hundreds of people who have been part of the story to be there and I care desperately for them.

“I think people are just really excited that it’s being shown in a positive light.

“To get number one on Netflix within 72 hours when you are up against the new Marvel, Brad Pitt, which are billion dollar films… we don't have that sort of money in Burnley.

“Burnley Football Club is a fantastic football club but we are just not in the same league as your Man United's and your Chelsea’s, we just don’t have that sort of money.

“We bat above average and we try really hard and it’s that sort of town where if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything and that’s what I'd really like people to take away from this.”

To watch our extended interview with Dave Fishwick on YouTube, you can do so here.


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