Matty serves up a treat at a Christmas classic

Matty Court - fund raising for a'gap year teaching in Uganda.
Matty Court - fund raising for a'gap year teaching in Uganda.

A CLASSIC Christmas film will be the next screening at Morpeth’s community cinema – and there will be plenty of treats for audience members.

The Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) will present It’s A Wonderful Life at the Town Hall tomorrow as its fourth film since bringing the silver screen back to the town this autumn.

The previous three showings, organised with the help of volunteers and Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure Trust’s Doorstep Pictures, have all been well supported.

And it is hoped that this month’s event will also be a sell-out.

The audience will be treated to nibbles from La Bodega tapas bar and a free drink as a thank-you for people’s support, while student Matty Court will offer cakes for sale as part of his fund-raising efforts for a trip to Africa.

The 17-year-old hopes to spend a gap year teaching English, art and sport to children in Uganda after completing his A-Levels at King Edward VI School next summer.

And while he will be undertaking the challenge with the Project Trust charity, Matty needs to raise £5,000 to contribute to the cost. So far he has collected just over £2,000.

“I can’t wait to go now,” he said.

“It will undoubtedly be quite a challenge living and working in a very foreign environment, but it will be a unique opportunity to experience a very different part of the world, as well as helping young people who are not nearly so fortunate as I am.”

As well as baking and selling cakes at the community cinema, Matty will talk to audience members about his trip.

GMDT Arts and Culture Group Director Frank Rescigno said: “We are delighted to offer Matty this chance to raise some money for his very adventurous trip by supporting him in this venture.”

The film will begin at 7pm and tickets cost £5, available from GMDT on 01670 503866.

The 2012 community cinema programme will begin in February, with a screening on the first Friday of every month.