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St Edmundsbury Mayor hails first dementia-friendly screening




Abbeygate Cinema has launched dementia friendly screenings of films. The Mayor Julia Wakelam visited the cinema and met those who have attended after the screening of Singing in the Rain''Pictured: Andrea Holmes (Marketing Manager Abbeygate Cinema), Elaine Chennan (Dementia Hub Facilitator at Gatehouse), Jean Richarson who was brought along today by friend Annie Witherden and Mayor of St Edmundsbury Julia Wakelam
Abbeygate Cinema has launched dementia friendly screenings of films. The Mayor Julia Wakelam visited the cinema and met those who have attended after the screening of Singing in the Rain''Pictured: Andrea Holmes (Marketing Manager Abbeygate Cinema), Elaine Chennan (Dementia Hub Facilitator at Gatehouse), Jean Richarson who was brought along today by friend Annie Witherden and Mayor of St Edmundsbury Julia Wakelam

St Edmundsbury mayor Julia Wakelam has hailed the first dementia-friendly screening at Abbeygate Cinema.

Working in partnership with the Gatehouse Dementia Hub and the Dementia Action Alliance, a Singin’ in the Rain screening was shown at the cinema on Monday and it is hoped that more will take place in the future.

Major Julia Wakelam said: “It is our ambition to make Bury St Edmunds a dementia-friendly town.

“The staff at Abbeygate were fantastic and it is great that people with the disease were able to do something normal, like go to the cinema.

“It was lovely to see so many happy faces at the screening. It wasn’t just the people with dementia, their carers had a great time too.”



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