this weekend brings movie magic to Matlock as a big screen event is set to hit the town.
Hall Leys Park will be host to a 25 metre wide LCD screen for Movies in the Park with Maazi – an all day outdoor cinema event.
The project was the vision of Maazi restaurant owner Ifran Shabir, who was previously behind the Penny Farthing race through the park to mark it’s 100th anniversary.
The day of film will kick off at 10am, then throughout the day Mamma Mia, Up and Puss in Boots will be shown for free.
To accompany the silver screen entertainment, there will be fairground rides, stalls run by local companies, and refreshments.
The day also represents the launch of the Totally Locally campaign, which encourages people to use their local shops more.
Helen Cunningham, of the group, said: “The message is that if every person in Matlock spent just £5 a week in their local shops instead of shopping online or in supermarkets, it would be worth £2.5 million to the local economy a year.”
On Saturday, a film made by the Totally Locally campaign showing different businesses around the town will be shown, the group will also have a stall set up to answer any questions people may have on the campaign and tell them about special offers available in town.
As well as this film, a 26 second film made by 11-year-old Bethany Fennah will be shown on the big screen.
The film has been selected by judges as the winner of the video competition held by the Matlock Mercury and Movies in the Park with Maazi.
As a prize Bethany, of Smedley Street, Matlock, will be guest on honour at the event and will be presented with her prize of a meal for four people at Maazi.
Looking forward to the weekend, Irfan said: “I think the weather is going to be absolutely beautiful and we have an event that has never been done before in Matlock.
“Also we will have lots of local business here and we will be able to showcase what Matlock is about and what a great town we have.”