November 16, 2015
Burnham's Ritz Cinema raises RNLI funds at opening of third screen

Over £600 was raised for the RNLI during the official opening of Burnham-On-Sea Ritz Cinema's new third screen on Friday evening (November 13th).

The owners of the popular cinema, Pat and Beryl Scott, have recently introduced the new 72-seat screen as part of a £160,000 project.

Over 70 invited local guests were treated to a preview of the latest Tom Hanks movie, 'Bridge of Spies', with access free-of-charge but donations to the RNLI's ongoing lifeboat appeal encouraged.

Pat thanked 20th Century Fox for their support, after they donated the film for the event some two weeks before its official release date.

The official opening of the screen was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony from Burnham and Highbridge Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke.

Burnham RNLI Chairman Ashley Edwards gave a short brief about the local lifeboat station, its history, and the fundraising project for a new D-class lifeboat to replace the current Puffin lifeboat next year.

Foillowing the film, the guests gave donations to the appeal and then moved to the Ritz Social Club downstairs for a buffet and reception.

Jon Course, right, who had project managed the theatre building work on Pat’s behalf, was thanked for his efforts by Pat and Beryl.

The end of the evening was marked by the presentation of a cheque for £637, representing the total collected funds for the charity.

Mayor Michael Clarke said: "This is a fantastic addition to a great attraction in Burnham."

And Ashley Edwards added: "We are all very grateful for the donations, which will go towards our new D class lifeboat replacement next year."


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