Fun in the sun for moviegoers

Lights, Camera, Action: The first Disney film 'Up' is shown to the crowds at the Movies in the Park event, Matlock.
Lights, Camera, Action: The first Disney film 'Up' is shown to the crowds at the Movies in the Park event, Matlock.
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A day watching films might usually be reserved for the wet summer weather Britain is typically renowned for.

However, when Hall Leys Park was turned into an outdoor cinema for Movies in the Park – the people of Matlock flocked in their hundreds for a day of peace, love, unity and film.

Open Cinema: Crowds flocked to Hall Leys Park for the  films at the first Movies in the Park event in Matlock.

Open Cinema: Crowds flocked to Hall Leys Park for the films at the first Movies in the Park event in Matlock.

The brainchild for the event was Maazi restaurant owner Irfan Shabir who is always keen to put something back into the community.

Irfan said: “The day was a fantastic success and far exceeded my expectations in how busy it was.

“The park was like a sea of people and the atmosphere was electric.”

The reason Irfan decided to organise Movies in the Park was to arrange an event that had ‘never been done before’ in Matlock.

And after jumping through all the bureaucratic-hoops required to organise an event on this scale, Irfan arranged an enormous 25 metre wide LCD screen to showcase the day-long schedule of films.

It wasn’t just Irfan’s efforts that made the day so special, though.

Mother nature was firmly on side and provided all in attendance with one of the finest days we’ve had for a while.

“We had all the ingredients for a perfect day and the shopkeepers and store holders had bumper takings,” said Irfan.

He added: “A lot of the older people kept telling me ‘this is what Matlock used to be like in the sixties.’”

Matlock Mercury film competition winner Bethany Fennah also had her big-screen debut at the event and will be heading to Maazi Indian restaurant to claim her prize of a free meal for four later this week.