Wartime film weekend

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READERS in Montrose with an interest in old aircraft, and particularly those of the Second World War, might well be interested in an event which will be happening at Arbroath’s Webster Theatre in August.

Three films are being shown over the weekend of August 11 and 12.

‘Battle of Britain’, starring Harry Andrews, Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Curd Jürgens and Ian McShane will be on at 2pm on Saturday, August 11. This will be a free screening. The film broadly relates the events of the Battle of Britain. The script by James Kennaway and Wilfred Greatorex was based on the book ‘The Narrow Margin’ by Derek Wood and Derek Dempster. There will be an interval where tea, coffee and biscuits will be served in the Assembly Hall at a cost of £2.

Then, on the Sunday at 2pm the film will be ‘The Dam Busters’, starring Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave. A much-loved British classic, Michael Anderson’s 1954 drama captures the tension and bravery of an audacious raid on the centre of Nazi Germany’s industrial complex, and the quintessentially English combination of inventiveness and dogged determination.

And at 7.30pm the same day there will be a showing of ‘Saving Private Ryan’, with Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns and Barry Pepper. Seen through the eyes of a squad of American soldiers, the story begins with World War II’s historic D-Day invasion, then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a dangerous special mission.

The Webster Memorial Theatre World War II Film Weekend is being organised by the ‘Red Lichtie - Arbroath’s Spitfire Group’. The group was formed to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the fund-raising effort of the people of Arbroath and their donation towards the ‘Red Lichtie’ Spitfire plane is taking place this year.

For further information visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RedLichtieSpitfireGroup

And for Webster Theatre details go to www.webstertheatre.co.uk/cinemawhatson.html