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Sunday, March 3, 2013
It started off as an idea at an adult education class, but five years on, Screen-next-the-Sea has become a mainstay of the Wells cultural scene.
And this weekend its organisers successfully held its second annual film festival.
This year’s three-day event, which started on Friday and finishes today, took Best of British as its theme, and screened a selection of films from across the British Isles.
Nigel Baker, one of the projectionists, said an eight-week Workers’ Educational Association course on Italian film sparked the idea of bringing cinema to the town.
It has grown from a monthly offering at the Granary Theatre to a twice-monthly screening, live performances beamed in by satellite from the Bolshoi and National Theatre, and the film festival itself, complete with guest speakers.
Mr Baker said: “We would like to think it will eventually attract people to the town like the well-established events like the carnival.
“People like the cozy environment and the fact you get to know people.”
Nearly 3,000 people have supported a Facebook campaign demanding safety improvements on the A47 near Dereham set up after the latest fatal crash.
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