Premiere to draw crowds

RED CARPET Simon Roadnight outside the Frontier.(d561a435)
RED CARPET Simon Roadnight outside the Frontier.(d561a435)
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Final preparations are being made for a documentary premiere that will tell real stories of people in Batley.

Simon Roadnight has already sold about 300 tickets for the first showing of Pride of Place - A Day to Remember and plans to ask the venue, Batley Frontier, for 200 more.

He said: “We want to make the day as eventful as we can. It is more than we ever imagined. It has been a brilliant experience, something I am dead proud I have done.”

He planned to make an event of the screening and include stalls from local charities and organisations, including Kirkwood Hospice, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Project Bugle and Batley History Group.

Simon first decided to tell the positive stories of Batley and Birstall folk when his friend said he was not proud of calling Batley home.

He started filming last year with friends Simon Crabtree and Jason Darrington.

He said the quality of the filming improved with more practice.

“There wasn’t a lot of time to stand around with a tripod on Wilton Estate,” he said.

He hoped that between the hours of footage and the 10,000 photographs there might be something of use to the next generation of local documentary filmmaker looking back in 50 years’ time.

The premiere is on Sunday November 9, 1pm-5pm. Tickets are £1 in advance or £2 on the door. Money raised will be split between the hospices.