raised for Burnham's Christmas lights display at cinema event
140 people attended a special screening of a hit movie on Monday
night to raise more than £1,100 for this year's Burnham-On-Sea
Christmas lights display.
The Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street held a special performance
of Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe
and Anne Hathaway, on behalf of Burnham Chamber of Trade.
Chamber recently said that the costs of holding this year's display
have increased due to rising costs for repairs and replacements,
insurance and installation.
Mayor Martin Cox was among the audience who filled both screens
at the cinema to watch the film and give their support.
Ritz's owners, Pat and Beryl Scott, said they were happy to help.
"We are both delighted that the screening raised a total
of £1,106 for Burnham's Christmas lights display - we had
a great turnout of 143 people and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves,"
Pat told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
we heard from the Chamber of Trade that there was a funding shortfall
to put on this year's Christmas lights display across the town
centre we wanted to help."
of Trade Chairman Mark Newman added: "It's fantastic that
such a big amount has been raised that fully meets our shortfall."
thanks go to all those who attended, Pat and Beryl for their work
in organising the evening, the Ritz Social Club for a superb buffet,
and the many local firms who contributed to the raffle. It all
means that work can now get underway on planning another super
lights display this Christmas."
at the cinema generously worked without pay for the evening to
boost the amount raised, while The Ritz Social Club also laid
on a complimentary buffet.
prizes were supplied by local traders, including The Ritz Cinema,
The Ritz Social Club, David Bull Opticians, This And That, Material
Needs, AOB, Avalon Insurance, GH Tyres, Stitch Up, GW Hurleys,
Positive Wealth Creation, Abbott and Frost, Mister Fudge, Brooks
and Son, Bessie's Sweet Shop, Julia's Bric A Brac, Central Radio,
Lipstick, Rosemary's Florists, BOS Interiors, Burnham Upholstery,
Baytree Upholstery, Animal Fayre, Sea Breeze, Brit Chips, KDS
Interiors, Gaye Holman and Buncombes Electricals.
Top, Mayor Martin Cox with Pat and Beryl Scott, Chamber Chairman
Mark Newman and Social Club Chairman Paul Hale; above the Mayor
with Cllr Pauline Pollard and Pat Scott