Pop-up cinema among three attractions set for Kirkham on Saturday, June 25

The big screen is coming to Kirkham, with the premiere of a folktale created especially for the town with the involvement of local school children and the community.

By Tony Durkin
Monday, 20th June 2022, 12:30 pm
Updated Monday, 20th June 2022, 12:31 pm

A pop-up cinema at Kirkham Community Centre is among three interlinked attractions taking place this Saturday, June 25,, celebrating local heritage and the completion of year one of Kirkham’s Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) Cultural Programme.

The big screen will showcase ‘The Bride of Kirkham’, a Lancashire folktale, while a pop-up heritage trail, performed by storyteller Izzie Major, will entertain and inform on a stroll through the town.

Finally, an evening of entertainment will be available at The Heritage Big BASH, at The Willows Social Club in Bryning Fern Lane. All the events are free and tickets can be booked via Eventbrite or collected from Book Bean and Ice Cream or Serendipity House on Poulton Street.

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Izzie Major performing as the Bride of Kirkham

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‘The Bride of Kirkham’ is a 20-minute stop motion animation weaving together local heritage with individual memories brought to life through ‘Kirkham with Love’, a project which saw the Bride of Kirkham, alias storyteller and performer Izzie Major, work collaboratively with the local community.The animation brings together many visual styles and includes the work of local school children. It has been crafted and narrated by the artist Craig Sinclair.

The free tickets include popcorn and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.The showing will also include ‘The 12 Stories of Kirkham’, a series of short animations inspired by listed buildings, important local historical figures, and individuals' memories. They have been created by pupils from Pear Tree, Kirkham and Wesham and St Joseph's schools, while working with Izzie Major and Craig Sinclair.The complete story can be enjoyed as a free Pop-up Heritage Trail, hosted by Izzie Major. Those looking to join the trail should arrive at The Last Loom on Station Road at 1.30pm.Coun Elaine Silverwood, mayor of Kirkham, said: "It is fantastic to hear that Kirkham's heritage, individuals' memories and children's creativity, have been used to create a Lancashire folktale that will celebrate and help to illuminate Kirkham's rich past.""I am really looking forward to enjoying the folktale and would encourage people to book a ticket and enjoy the Pop-Up Heritage Trail."Tickets for all the events here.More information on the Kirkham Cultural Programme at www.kirkhamtreasures.co.uk.