Film fans ab­seil off cin­ema roof to raise re­fur­bish­ment money

Com­mu­nity: Dare­dev­ils show their sup­port for pic­ture house

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - Paul re­och pre­och@the­

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.

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