Film fans abseil off cinema roof to raise refurbishment money
Community: Daredevils show their support for picture house
More than 120 daring film fans – aged from eight to 80 – have gone above and beyond in showing support for their community cinema.
The intrepid residents abseiled off the roof of the Birks Cinema to raise about £6,000 for the Aberfeldy venue.
Support for the abseil came from across Highland Perthshire and beyond to mark the fifth anniversary of the cinema opening. Cash raised will be spent on the refurbishment of the cinema’s auditorium and cafe.
The oldest person to take part was Margaret Jarvis, 80. “I’d love to do it again,” she said.
And at the other end of the age spectrum, Breadalbane Academy primary pupil Jack Dimmock was thrilled his eighth birthday arrived in time for him to take up the challenge. He also persuaded older sister Beth and mum Claire to join him in the feat.
Katherine and Scott Rix, of Stanley, also took part as they returned to the venue of their wedding three years ago.
“We got married in the cinema’s audi- torium and this time we’ve brought our four-month-old baby, Skye, along,” Mrs Rix said. “It’s great to have another memorable day at the Birks Cinema and introduce Skye to the special place we were married.”
Tony Taucher, of Strathtay, abseiled down the cinema in his kilt.
He said: “I walk the hills in this kilt and it was no more draughty than that.”
John Freeman, chairman of the Birks Cinema Trust, rounded off the day by raising a new flag above the film house.
He said: “It’s been an inspiring day when the community has raised more than £6,000. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s taken part, those who made the abseil possible and all those who made donations.”
Outdoor sports specialists Wee Adventures helped the participants and were supported by volunteers, including Dave Fowler and Dave Girling from Perth College UHI.
The abseil challenge is one highlight of a season of community-focused events and special screenings throughout the year to celebrate bringing back bigscreen entertainment to Aberfeldy.
Margaret Jarvis abseils down the outside of the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy.