They banked on winning some cash and now the Byron Community Project is celebrating a financial windfall.
The Lloyd’s Bank Community campaign has awarded the Byron Community Project the maximum sum of £3,000.
Voting took place over a six-week period, and four groups - including Langley Mill Community Group, Waingroves Methodist Church and Valley CIDS (Lighthouse Charity Shop) - competed against one another locally for awards ranging from £500 to £3,000.
“We’re very pleased with the result,” said Ria Cash, project team chairman.
“This money enables us to commission a full structural survey of the 1930s Art Deco Byron Cinema, from the basement to the roof, plus we can pay our architect to come up with yet more detailed pictures and plans of how we are going to transform the building.
“We’d like to thank every who voted for us, over the internet, by Twitter or Facebook, or by walking into Lloyd’s Bank on the High Street and requesting a voting token. You’ve made this possible.
“We contacted people all over the UK and the wider world, including a group in the Tuscan village of Moncioni who have a similar plan to restore their own 1930s cinema building.”
And Ria added: “We asked everyone to support us and the votes flooded in - Chinese, Canadian, Australian, Italian, Russian, and Polish among them.
“I’d also like to thank the core team and volunteers.
“Some mornings we even had people at the bottom of Hucknall by-pass, holding up placard.”