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Park film success

More than 300 people ignored the wrong film being shown to make a success of the first open air big screen night in Bognor Regis.

Families and friends met together in Hotham Park with chairs and picnics – including a blow-up sofa and coffee table – to enjoy a screening of Footloose under the stars.
The balmy evening added to the enjoyment of last Friday’s Film in the Park along with a variety of hot and cold food outlets.
The special night was arranged by the Hotham Park Heritage Trust. Among the volunteers helping co-ordinator Sue Harris on the night was the trust’s chairman, Anne Cranham.
Anne said the only hiccup on the night was a change in the version of Footloose which was shown.
The original version had been expected after a social media poll showed this was the most popular choice from the films put forward.
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were not aware that the new version was screened until it had begun. Nevertheless, it seemed that everyone was having a good time,” she said.
“We were offered the opportunity to provide a free screening in the beautiful setting of the park. We have learned much from Friday’s event and we hope it can the forerunner to more evenings like this for the public to enjoy.
“Once again, this has only been possible with the help of our few willing volunteers and we need more to come forward to ensure these events continue.”
Sue said the supportive comments on social media since the film show had encouraged the trust to consider staging a second screening in the park.
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