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Sittingbourne film screening and Sheppey Promenade meeting cancelled

Bad weather has forced the postponement of at least two events in Swale tomorrow.

The showing of the film A Disaster Waiting To Happen – which charts how the American munitions ship SS Richard Montgomery broke its back and sank just off the coast of Sheerness on August 20, 1944 – has been delayed.

It was to have been screened at the Avenue Theatre, Sittingbourne, on Thursday at 7.30pm.

Wreck of the Richard Montgomery bomb ship off Sheppey. Picture: Barry Crayford
Wreck of the Richard Montgomery bomb ship off Sheppey. Picture: Barry Crayford

Producer Ken Rowles said: “Due to the bad weather our event on March 1 has been postponed until Thursday, March 29. Existing tickets will be accepted on the night.”

One of the startling claims made in the film is if the bomb ship ever blew up, shockwaves from the explosion would be felt more than 5,000 miles away.

It includes exclusive interviews with the ammunitions expert who blew up a similar wreck off the Kent coast with horrifying results.

The film has been made by Mr Rowles, 72, from Sittingbourne and writer-director Steve Marians.

The pair were going to be on hand to answer questions about the making of the £100,000 70-minute documentary which has a voiceover by Lovejoy, Pirates of the Caribbean and Game of Thrones star Ian McShane.

A meeting to discuss plans for this year’s Sheppey Promenade Festival and Equality Parade has also been put on hold.

It was to have been staged at 7.40pm at the Criterion Theatre in Blue Town, Sheerness. It will now be held on Thursday, March 15. Venue to be confirmed.

Spokesman Janys Thornton said: “We would like to warn people not to come.”

It was to have been the start of planning how the Island will mark the Suffragettes winning the vote for women 100 years ago.

A week of celebrations is planned for the summer, culminating with a parade through Sheerness on Saturday, July 28.

The Swale Volunteer Awards presentations at Upchurch on Friday night have also been postponed because of the weather. They have been rescheduled for Thursday, March 15.

A number of school Book Week celebrations planned for Thursday have also been called off.

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