Silver screen success story

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This week our column features the last days of the once proud 1922 Regent Cinema in Nelson.

In my 2006 photograph of the art deco sign we can see the somewhat sorry looking azure blue and albescent white glass canopy sign which had, over the years, been incredibly battered by stone-throwing oafs.

Eventually in 2009 the foresight of genial Coun. James Starkie saw the sign carefully taken down and put into storage for its self preservation for posterity.

The Regent Cinema was always a great favourite in the 1940s and 50 for its children’s matinee shows with hundreds of happy youngsters galloping home afterwards as Kit Carson or Roy Rogers.

The Regent Cinema showed its very first film on Monday, October 9th, 1922, and its last one of all on Saturday, July 2nd, 1960.

It was the end of a wonderful era.

Today every one of the eight Nelson picture houses has gone for ever.

The Regent, Palace, Grand, Queens, Majestic, Capitol, Alhambra and De-Luxe all gone with memories of truly happy of the Silver Screen.

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Wherever you go around our beautiful borough of Pendle, you’ll see flattenede drinks cans and plastic bottles throwy away by the usual drongos.

In the words of mt former teacher Allan Wharton: “Hey you, buck up or buck off.” Enough said!