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Bury St Edmunds Film Society founder honoured at anniversary celebrations

The founder of Bury St Edmunds Film Society has been recognised at a special anniversary celebration.

John Garbutt, who started the society with the help of a small grant from West Suffolk College back in 1966, was presented was presented with an inscribed trophy by chairman Ian Wallis on a night where the group signed up its 50th member.

Mr Wallis paid tribute to the work of Mr Garbutt, saying: “John has been an inspiration to us all.

“He has always been there for all of the many jobs which need doing and always helping us to identify really interesting films to watch.”

Mr Garbutt, who is now president of the group, said he was proud to have been able to serve the society since its inception.

Over the years, the society has had many homes. These have included the Theatre Royal, the Abbeygate Picture House and the old Art Gallery (now Smiths Row) before settling on the Hunter Club in Saint Andrew’s Street South, where the society was relaunched in 2011.

But throughout years of change, the group has always maintained its goal – providing cinematic diversity in the town.

Along with champers and cake – suitably decorated with film memorabilia – members and guests enjoyed a rare showing of Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 – ranked as one of the top-10 films of all time by the British Film Institute.

Full membership of the society costs just £36 – allowing members to see at least 12 films a year.

Guests (£5) are welcome to the Sunday screenings and the up-to-date list of future films can be seen at the society website at: www.burystedmundsfilmsociety.co.uk

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