Volunteers spruce up distinctive seafront cinema

Volunteers spruce up distinctive seafront cinema

CINEMA SWEEP: Volunteers help to clean up Redcar's Regent Cinema.

CINEMA SWEEP: Volunteers help to clean up Redcar's Regent Cinema.

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by

A CINEMA was given a spring clean when volunteers came together to fight to preserve a town’s heritage.

More than 20 members of the Redcar community got stuck in to spruce up the interior of the town’s Regent Cinema.

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has promised campaigners that they will renovate the exterior, including replacing the canopy, and so the team organised this event to give the inside a lift too.

Adults and children alike scrubbed, polished, mopped and dusted the much-loved venue as a sign of their appreciation to the current manager and their love of the cinema.

The event was organised by the Regent Heritage Trust – the group that came together as a result of the Save the Regent Cinema campaign which hosted a public meeting back in May.

Natalie King, chairman of the trust, said: “We wanted give the cinema manager a helping hand with such a huge cleaning task, and to show our support for everything he does to keep the cinema thriving. We want to help get the cinema ready for its revamp, and show the community cares.”

Local businesses showed their support for the action day too, with Tesco Distribution Centre at Teesport donating cleaning materials and raffling a television for volunteers.

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