Historic Sidmouth filmshow fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 20:39 05 March 2009 | UPDATED: 08:40 18 June 2010

FOLLOWING the success of previous showings of historic footage of Sidmouth s past, another two film shows will take place next week in aid of Kennaway House s restoration.

FOLLOWING the success of previous showings of historic footage of Sidmouth's past, another two film shows will take place next week in aid of Kennaway House's restoration.

Bill Lankester MBE has compiled a film of events going back to the 1960s, together with the 1977 Silver Jubilee party, steam trains on the long gone Sidmouth branch line and celebrations for Charles and Diana's wedding.

It also features floods at Tipton St John, visited by the Duke of Edinburgh, and much more.

Earlier films included footage shot by Sidmothian Jim Hellier of the Grand Cinema fire and demolition of Sidmouth's brewery.

There will be two showings at the Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, on Thursday, March 12, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets are £7 and available from the theatre box office on (01395) 514413.

Dr Michael James, chairman of Kennaway House said: "Bill is one of our most staunch supporters. He has already raised a magnificent £5,000 by the amazing film presentations he put on in 2007 and we're very grateful to him. This new show will be equally interesting and I hope it will be as well supported as before."

He said the £1 million restoration of Kennaway House is nearing completion and there will be an official re-opening, to which the whole town is invited, on July 4.


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