Businesses urged to play leading role

BUSINESSES have been urged to play a leading role in a new community cinema venture.

As the Herald revealed earlier this month, Doorstep Pictures is helping to bring films back to Morpeth Town Hall following trial screenings last year.

Funding has been secured by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) for two films to be shown, but it hopes to be able to make the screenings a monthly event, and Collingwood School and Media Arts College is also on board to show children’s films.

Now local businesses have been invited to get in on the action by selling sweets, ice-cream and other refreshments at the venue when the cinema is running, or offering sponsorship.

And traders have also been encouraged to offer their support as volunteers.

At a meeting of Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade last week, GMDT Chairman Doug Phillips said: “We are trying to run the community cinema every month, but we need some volunteers to come along.

“We want to build a list of volunteers to do it, just seeing people in and the like.

“We are also looking for sponsorship and anybody who sells sweets or ice cream should get in touch because we are more than happy to talk to you.”

The first film to be shown will be The King’s Speech on Friday, September 9. Black Swan will be screened on Friday, October 7.

Anyone wishing to help out should contact GMDT on 01670 503866.