Silver screen day planned for park

Forward Drive: Irfan Shabir, owner of Maazi restaurant, hands over a newly sponsored shirt to captain Martyn Buswell of Cromford Cricket Club and players Darryl Losper, Dave Savage, Ben Tomlinson, Simon Martin, Karl Tomlinson and Lewis Land.

Forward Drive: Irfan Shabir, owner of Maazi restaurant, hands over a newly sponsored shirt to captain Martyn Buswell of Cromford Cricket Club and players Darryl Losper, Dave Savage, Ben Tomlinson, Simon Martin, Karl Tomlinson and Lewis Land.

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MOVE over tinsel town, Matlock is planning to roll out the red carpet with an ambitious blockbusting day of entertainment.

A LCD cinema screen up to 25 square metres in size will be brought into Hall Leys Park for a day next month to screen a selection of family movies free of charge to the public.

The idea is the brainchild of Maazi Indian Restaurant owner, Irfan Shabir, who has been given the green light by Derbyshire Dales District Council for the silver screen spectacular.

He said the idea had been born out of the success of the ice skating event, which he organised last winter in Hall Leys Park.

He explained: “It’s phenomenal, businesses said they had a bumper day’s trading when the ice skating was on and so that’s great for the town. We have a lovely park but it’s just not utilised enough.

“Having a cinema screen there is something that has never been done before.”

Irfan is currently negotiating with companies to supply the screen, which will be placed in the park on Saturday, May 26.

Although unconfirmed, he is hoping three films will be shown, including the popular musical Mamma Mia and the Bollywood-tinged blockbuster, Bride and Prejudice.

He is also hoping street entertainment will be there on the day, including fire jugglers, acrobats and musicians.

With free admission for the public, there are hopes the money can be recouped through sponsorship and by offering traders in the town the chance to open stall for the day in the park at a cost of £50 per pitch.

All of the money will be used to pay for hiring the screen, which could come to thousands of pounds.

“I have quite a few people on board already, and the other part of the battle is seeing if there is enough money to put it on,” Irfan explained.

“We are talking £5,000 and without the backing of businesses, it would not be possible, but the response has been very positive.

“People have been really pleased that something is happening that is great for businesses, the community and visitors.

“I think we can attract thousands of people, and I think it could be spectacular.”

Speaking about the plans at Monday’s Matlock Town Team meeting, Matlock Live! representative Sarah Bradnock added her support, saying: “I think with a big screen it will make a real impression.

“It’s fantastic, brilliant. To make it happen would be just great for everyone in the town.”

Derbyshire Dales District Council has agreed to lend market stalls for the event, and interest is already gathering with a number of traders putting down their names. Anyone interested in taking a pitch for the day should contact Danielle at Bellissima on Dale Road on 01629 583994.

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