It's not often that the red carpet is rolled out in Cornwall, but last night's premiere of Fisherman's Friends had more than a swig of Cornish-flavoured glamour.

In fact, the last time I went to a premiere in Newquay, I gave Catherine Zeta Jones a peck on the cheek after interviewing her for the launch of 1995 "classic" Blue Juice.

As befits a sparkly gig in Newquay, there were very few Tuxedos and evening dresses to be seen - instead ale and pasties greeted smart-casual guests for the much-anticipated opening at the Lighthouse Cinema.

Danny Mays - who has been in numerous films and also in the last series of Line of Duty - was the star attraction, along with many of the other cast members and the entire group of actual Fisherman's Friends, on whose story the film is quite obviously based.

Glaswegian David Hayman - he of Trial & Retribution fame - was a notable absentee, perhaps to avoid the embarrassment of listening to his hilariously bad Cornish accent.

Most poorly imitated Cornish accents tend to sound more generic westcountry, ranging anywhere from Bristol to Plymouth. His was somewhere between Scotland and northern Africa.

As we settled into our (impressively comfortable) seats, we were treated to a few words by Radio Cornwall presenter David White and many of the key players were introduced to a warm round of applause.

To the film.

An opening aerial shot sweeping into Port Isaac was the visual equivalent of your mum tucking you in before a bed time story.

The scene was set and the story of the group - a bunch of fishermen who shot to fame singing their beautifully harmonious sea shanties - was underway.

Mays plays a wealthy music manager from London, who stumbles across the sleepy fishing village during a stag do with some friends.

After a stand-off in the narrow streets between the lads' BMW and the brusque female driver of a 2CV (does anyone really own them anymore?), Danny starts to feel his way into Cornish life.

He backs the fishermen (only four of the ten band members have speaking parts - off-screen the other six refer to themselves as the "fishies") to get a deal, stopping at nothing to push their boat out to reluctant record companies.

In some respects playing a Cornish film to a Cornish audience is extremely brave, not to say risky.

Us Cornish can be a critical, dry old bunch and my antennae were out for any cringey cliches.

Thankfully, they were few and far between and what rose up like a seagull from the harbour wall was a film chock full of charm, warmth and pathos.

It doesn't overstretch itself, it doesn't patronise the Cornish and it does leave you feeling a bit fuzzy.

Hayman - whom I loved in Trial & Retribution - is the patriarchal figure with a wonky voice, while his on-screen son played by James Purefoy performs much better in the accent stakes. However, halfway through the film I wanted to throw him some anti-depressants. Thankfully, his mood improves as the plot unfurls.

His daughter, played by Tuppence Middleton, is Danny's love interest and the other more minor characters contribute to a crackling, community-spirited film.

There was even a one-word expletive in the briefest of cameos from Nathan Outlaw.

It goes on general show in cinemas tonight. 'Ee must gawn see 'un.