Big screen invite for older residents

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The Chorley and Leyland Guardian is inviting residents to a very special Royal appointment to celebrate the forthcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

In association with Age Concern Lancashire and Chorley Little Theatre, the Guardian would like older residents to come together to watch the wedding live on the silver screen on April 29.

The event will mark a moment in history when the next in line to the throne marries his sweetheart at Westminster Palace in London, under the watchful gaze of the world.

Prince William and Princess Catherine are expected to return to Buckingham Palace after they take their vows where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth will hold a wedding reception for the couple and their guests.

This will be followed by a private dinner dance, for close family and friends, hosted by The Prince of Wales.

Kate Middleton will arrive at Westminster Abbey by car and the service will be conducted by Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

On their journey from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, the couple will pass Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall.

It’s expected that more than one billion people worldwide will watch the wedding take place and the Guardian would like people to join in the celebrations at Chorley Little Theatre, in association with the Chorley Empire Community Cinema, from 9.30am to watch the grand occasion with friends.

An estimated 236 tickets will be available to anyone aged over 50 and you can already get yours from Malcolm’s Musicland in Chapel Street. Or you can call into the offices at Age Concern Lancashire in St Thomas’s Road or ring them on 01257 233200.

Ian Robinson from Chorley Empire Community Cinema, said: “This is a great way for us to use the equipment we have to be able to bring the community together for such a memorable event. It will appeal to so many different people and it’s great to be able to get into the spirit of the royal wedding and celebrate it together while watching the ceremony on the big screen.”

Editor of the Chorley and Leyland Guardian, Chris Maguire, said: “We know that the people of Chorley and Leyland will be holding a lot of events to mark the wedding but we’re concerned that some older members of the community might not have anyone to watch it with. We’re delighted to be able to join forces with Chorley Little Theatre and Age Concern Lancashire for this memorable event.”

Geraldine Moore, chief officer of Age Concern Lancashire, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved in offering the opportunity for older people in Chorley to participate in the Royal wedding by attending the Chorley Empire Community Cinema. Age UK Lancashire is sure that this will be very popular for those older people who may not wish to view it at home and want to watch it with other people.

“It will be a wonderful community event in what we know is an important community venue in Chorley.”