Byron Cinema host Valentines day film event

The team aiming to re-open Hucknall’s Byron Cinema will be holding a special event on the eve of St Valentine’s Day.

A film club formed as part of the Byron Community Project will be showing the famous movie, ‘Dirty Dancing’, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, next Thursday.

“We hope it helps people to get into the romantic spirit,” said project board chairman Ria Cash.

The film, chosen by a public vote on the project website, will be screened at Holgate Academy, Hucknall, starting at 6.45 pm.

Admission prices are £4, £7 for a couple and £12 for a family, with all proceeds for the project funds. Barclays Bank have match-funded the cost of presenting the film and a member of its staff will be ‘ice-cream lady’ for the night.

Also in aid of the project, a craft fair is being held at the Byron Cinema itself on Friday (7th February) from 9am to 2.30pm and admission is free. Home-made items on offer include jewellery, jams and preserves, knitted goods and bath bombs.

Ria has been elected to chair the project in place of Stuart Pocklington, who has achieved a work promotion that will mean him frequently travelling overseas.

But he has accepted the position of honorary consultant to the project board, which is in recognition of his efforts to kick-start the initiative and assemble the team.

At a public meeting held by the team this week, Ria said an application to the National Lottery for funding was to have been made this month but had been deferred until May.

The total cost of bringing the project to fruition would be £1 million or slightly more, she reported.

Because steps in the auditorium would need to be extended, the number of proposed seats has been reduced from 404 to 363.

Board member David Heathcote said: “We’re very keen to recruit more people who can help us to achieve our objective. Especially any people languishing at home, having recently retired or been made redundant.

“They may have extremely valuable skills and experience, and they are just the people we need. If you know someone who is really watching too much daytime television, direct them our way. To coin a phrase: Our Town Needs You.”

Contact can be made with Ria at or Greg Wass at