Members of the community, who came together to fight for the future of the Regent Cinema in Redcar, after concerns were raised about its future, held a very successful community clean up on Sunday August 10th.
The event saw over twenty members of the community roll up their sleeves and get stuck into sprucing up the unique cinema interior. Redcar and Cleveland Council promised campaigners that they will renovate the exterior, including replacing the canopy, and so the team organised this event to give the inside a lift too.
Adults and children alike scrubbed, polished, mopped and dusted the much-loved venue as a sign of their appreciation to the current manager and their love of the cinema.
The event was organised by the Regent Heritage Trust – the group that came together as a result of the Save the Regent Cinema campaign which hosted a public meeting back in May. The Trust is a growing community group which aims to secure a strong future for the much-loved building on the seafront.
Local businesses showed their support for the action day too, with Tesco Distribution Centre at Teesport donating cleaning materials and raffling a television for volunteers. Other businesses such as including Sainsbury's Local, Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning of Redcar provided refreshments for volunteers and other equipment
Chair of the Trust, Natalie King said:
“We wanted give the cinema manager a helping hand with such a huge cleaning task, and to show our support for everything he does to keep the cinema thriving. We want to help get the cinema ready for its revamp, and show the community cares.”
Anna Turley, Redcar’s Labour Parliamentary Candidate who joined the team at the clean-up commented:
“Well done to the Trust for organising this event. The Regent is a wonderful building and it was great for the community to be able to play its part in keeping it at its best.”