June 21, 2008
screening of Hollywood film benefits Burnham hovercraft charity
Ritz Cinema hosted the gala screening of Disney's new blockbuster
movie 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' in aid of a Burnham
charity on Friday evening (June 20th).
The movie is not due to be released across the UK until June
27th, but Burnham's Ritz Cinema managed to negotiate a special
early screening just one night after its red carpet debut in London.
capacity audience of over 110 people filled the cinema to watch
the action-packed film and help raise £1,400 for BARB -
the Burnham charity that operates two rescue hovercrafts and an
inland rescue boat - plus Walt Disney's official UK charity, the
Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.
the special guests at Friday's screening were Alison Hogarth (Walt
Disney UK), Cllr Dennis Davey (Chairman of Sedgemoor District
Council), Cllr Duncan McGinty (Leader of Sedgemoor District Council)
and Cllr Peter Clayton and Jo Burridge (Mayor and Mayoress of
Burnham and Highbridge).
Ritz Cinema owners Patt and Beryl Scott held a buffet in the Ritz
Social Club where they were officially thanked for organising
the event by BARB's President, Neville Jones.
said: "A big thank you goes to Patt and Beryl for arranging
this special event and making such a wonderful donation to BARB."
Chairman Mark Newman presented Mr and Mrs Scott with a certificate
of appreciation, adding: "We are very grateful to Disney
UK and the team at the Ritz. All the funds raised for us will
go directly towards meeting BARB's running costs, which include
maintaining our equipment and training our volunteer crews."
A total of 25 per cent of the money raised at Friday's gala screening
went to Walt Disney's UK charity, the Great Ormond Street Children's
Hospital, while BARB received the remainder. BARB is a 15-year-old
charity run entirely by volunteers and funded by donations from