I got to gawp at Ed Sheeran’s chops, says King’s Lynn 4X4 fan who lent him a vintage Range Rover for Castle on the Hill video
- Credit: Rob Marsden
A classic car collector from Norfolk lent his Range Rover to Ed Sheeran to drive 'down those country lanes' - for a music video.
A 25th Anniversary Range Rover belonging to Rob Marsden, 42, of Terrington St Clement, featured in the hit song Castle on the Hill, in which the Suffolk-star is seen driving along the hills of his home town in Framlingham.
Mr Marsden, owner of Classic Range Rover in King's Lynn, was contacted by Atlantic Records in early December, asking whether he had any suitable cars for a music video but was not told who for.
'I have got a friend who knows somebody at Atlantic Records,' Mr Marsden said. 'They wanted a Range Rover and I am the guy to go to - I am passionate about my cars.'
After the record company agreed on the Oxford blue 4X4, Mr Marsden found out the identity of the mystery star after being sent a copy of Ed Sheeran's driving licence to get him insured on the car.
He said: 'It was pretty cool, I got to gawp at his chops on his driving licence. I was surprised and pleased somebody of his position acknowledged a cool car to be in at the moment.
'It is just another day for him but a major jump from my normal line of work.'
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Filming for the music video took place on December 19 and 20 where Mr Marsden was introduced to Ed Sheeran and used his technical expertise to help shoot the video.
Mr Marsden added: 'We had a bit of a laugh, talked about the car, got a couple of pictures. I got a glimpse of his hectic lifestyle.
'We towed him around on a truck and I was asked to change bits and pieces, I even drove the car in some parts you can say almost like a stunt double.'
In anticipation of the music video release date, Mr Marsden would listen to the song and picture his Range Rover driving down the country lanes.
But when the video finally came out, Mr Marsden's reaction was lack-lustre at best.
'My chin fell to the floor, I was disappointed and gutted. He spent all that time in the car and they had lots of film of it - I guess whoever was in charge left it on the cutting room floor.'
But Mr Marsden is optimistic that Ed Sheeran's interest in Range Rovers will rekindle interest in the classic car, adding: 'it will galvanise their position in the market.
'I think his album Divide is a fantastic piece of work and would like to wish Ed every success and a big thank you to Atlantic Records and everyone involved on the Castle on the hill video shoot.'