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Sheerness Enhancement Association for Leisure promise further summer screenings following successful film festival at Beachfields Park

The final showing of an outdoor film festival proved to be a real blockbuster – and there’s more to come later in the summer.

Crowds came out to watch family classic ET, which marked the climax of a two-month extravaganza of cinema in Beachfields Park, off Royal Road.

The film festival was organised by Sheerness Enhancement Association for Leisure (SEAL) and attracted hundreds of people to showings of Disney’s Frozen, Abba musical Mamma Mia! and Oz the Great and Powerful on a giant inflatable screen.

Crowds gather for the final screening of the SEAL's outdoor film festival
Crowds gather for the final screening of the SEAL's outdoor film festival

SEAL chairman Chris Foulds said the turnout was slightly less than usual, which he put down to slightly poorer weather on June 28.

He said: “All in all, it’s been a brilliant festival. It’s been well taken by the community.

“There’s a lot of positive feedback, a lot of people are behind us and given us a lot of support.

“We’ll do some more at the end of August. Two, maybe three. We can certainly manage another two.

“And we will definitely be putting on The Lego Movie because that will be released then. Also something for the boys this time – maybe The Avengers.”

Mr Foulds hopes to be able to bring the festival back again next year, but SEAL will need to review how the showings, which were free to attend, are funded.

Film licences and events notices cost the group around £230 each screening. Buckets passed around the audience usually raise between £30 and £40, although revenue has also been raised through donations from businesses and advertisers.

Mr Foulds said SEAL was looking at improving the equipment to reduce glare from sunlight on the screen so films could be shown earlier in the day.

Anyone who would like to sponsor further screenings can call SEAL on 01795 227116 or email info@seal-leisure.co.uk

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