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Lift opening tomorrow

Monday, 29th October, 2018

Ashton Wren prepares for a special event at the cinema tomorrow. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Ashton Wren prepares for a special event at the cinema tomorrow. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

A chair lift to help people with a disability gain access to the full wonder of the Silver City Cinema will be officially opened during a special event on Tuesday.

Funding of the lift was inspired by Flinders University student Sam Norman who visited the city to identify projects that would help people with a disability enjoy what Broken Hill has to offer.

He sparked a massive fundraising campaign for the lift, but unfortunately died earlier this year, before he could see the project come to life. He was 23.

Sam’s grandmother Bev and his brother Ben will be flying to the city to join in the celebrations, thanks to the generosity of Regional Express Airlines. Rex gave the pair return tickets from Adelaide.

Sam’s former partner and his mother, and another university friend are also travelling to the city for the event.

Cinema owner John Wren will unfortunately miss the lift’s official opening after falling in the cinema last week, earning himself a trip to hospital.

Son Ashton said that John was okay, and was currently in the rehabilitation unit at the hospital to build his strength before returning to work.

Many people and organisations in the community donated to the cause - including large contributions from Democratic Club members and the Benevolent Society.

“Everyone is invited,” Ashton said yesterday. “From those who donated 10 cents to those who donated $1000, we want to see you here on Tuesday.”

Nibblies will be provided, followed by a few speeches in the cinema and then a free screening on Johnny English Strikes Again, the latest feature film starring comedian Rowan Atkinson. 


WHAT: Cinema chair lift opening

WHEN: Tomorrow, from 11am

WHERE: Silver City Cinema

COST: Free


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