Families wrap up for drive-in festive film fun

Around 130 cars attended Pendleside’s first drive-in cinema and the film-loving families who enjoyed watching ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Elf’ from their vehicles voted the event a ‘blockbuster!’

Pendleside Hospice organised the show on Nelson and Colne College’s car park alongside their Christmas Markets and despite the weather the hospice’s head of events and fundraising officer Sammi Graham said it was a ‘huge success’.

Families watched the big screen from the comfort of their cars with ‘Home Alone’ showing in the afternoon and ‘Elf’ in the evening.

Apart from the cinema there was a variety of stalls selling Christmas goodies as well as a visit by Father Christmas.

One mum Hayley Pollard enjoyed ‘Elf’ with her children Heidi, 7, and Mitchell, 5.

She said: ‘We had a fabulous time and my children loved it. It was well organised from the moment you entered the car park with marshals directing you to your spot. All the cars were parked at an angle so everyone got a good sight of the screen. It was perfect.

“Before the film started we had a wander around the stalls which made for a real festive atmosphere.”

Event organiser Sammi said: “While the weather was quite awful it added to the atmosphere! People wrapped up in blankets and even duvets in their cars and warmed to the experience.”

Jeanette Chambers enjoyed the fun with her daughters Ocean, 17, Atlanta, 20, and Jemima, 27.

She said: “While we were all adults we had a fantastic time. We went the whole hog and had deluxe hot chocolate, popcorn, candyfloss and hot dogs. The full works!”