Campaign has 5,000 likes on Facebook and its own Twitter feed

Alan Partridge fans are campaigning to have the premiere of his first movie, Alpha Papa, held in his home city of Norwich.

The campaign has racked up over 5,000 likes on Facebook since being launched on June 18 and also has its own Twitter feed.

“The film premiere being in Norwich would raise so much more attention nationally than just another film in Leicester Square,” the campaign explains on its Facebook page. “Alan deserves the key to the city and an open top bus from City Hall to Anglia Square where the red carpet to Hollywood cinema awaits and chilled Blue Nun is served alongside a selection of buffet snacks.”

The campaign’s founders, Partridge fans Rob Wilkes and Rafiq Turnbull, even organised a gathering outside Norwich Town Hall on Friday (June 22) as a photo opportunity. Placards and posters were waved by a posse of local Partridge admirers on their lunch breaks, the Eastern Daily Press reports.

The film, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, is scheduled to arrive in cinemas on August 7. Director Declan Lowney has previously revealed that it places Steve Coogan‘s hapless DJ in a hostage situation.

“The notion of Alan being caught up in a hostage situation is outlandish, but how it happens is perfectly believable,” Lowney explained. “Steve strives for stuff to be real, even with all the gags. That said, there’s quite a bit of action. We’ve got violence, guns and heavy kissing.” Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.