SIR CHRIS BONINGTON LAUNCHES WURLITZER ORGAN AT ROYALTY CINEMA, BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE
The 2nd Charity Film Show, held on Wednesday 19th October, was well attended by enthusiastic supporters of the charity's work and raised a substantial sum for what turned out to be a nostalgic and enjoyable evening for all concerned.
A large audience arrived to the strains of the Wurlitzer organ sitting at ground level with organist, Ian Midgley, playing a selection of popular music. The programme was centred around an Ealing Comedy film, "The Titfield Thunderbolt", the story revolving around a village railway being closed down by the Beeching railway reorganisation and how the villagers, led by their squire and vicar, decide to keep the railway going. As one of the best of the many successful Ealing Comedy films, it brought back memories to many of the audience as a hilarious example of very similar events which happened in numerous villages at the time, as evidenced by the number of small railways still being operated by groups of railway enthusiasts.
During the interval, Sir Chris Bonington highlighted the importance of the work that the Association for the Independence of Disabled People was doing in endevouring to improve facilities for disabled people in hotels and other buildings open to the public and also stressed the importants of the charity's fund raising activities to support a clinical trial of a new drug that it was hoped would bring relief to people suffering from motor neurone disease.
Sir Chris Bonington formally launched the Wurlitzer organ, which, as the plaque recording the event was unveiled, rose to the strains of "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" followed appropriately by "Climb Every Mountain", with Mark Latimer, President of the Furness Theatre Organ Project, at the controls.
Many of those who attended the event have written to say how much they enjoyed the evening and donations received following the show have raised a total for the evening of £5,250.
Monies are still coming in to fund the activities of AID and we would take this opportunity of reminding anyone who may wish to contribute to the work we are doing or to the funding of the drug trial, we can take donations online by using Paypal, which you will find by clicking on the link on our webpage.
We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those who have donated to our funding programme for their support and generosity which is greatly appreciated and is helping us to reach our target of £500,000 for the drug trial.