The Duchess of Cornwall Hopes to Bring Her Grandchildren to New Cinema She Opened in Wiltshire
Camilla recently made a trip to Wiltshire to open a newly converted cinema in Marlborough town centre. At the opening ceremony, the Duchess took a seat in the auditorium before watching a short collection of trailers from recent movies.
Camilla Grateful to Open Wonderful Parade Cinema
Camilla formally opened the cinema when she unveiled a plaque on Thursday. She was welcomed by philanthropist Robert Hiscox, who is chairman of the company behind the £3 million project.
Mr. Hiscox then introduced her to staff and supporters who were associated with the conversion of the abandoned chapel into a cinema.
After its official opening, Camilla gave a short speech, happy to be invited to open the new establishment. She said: “Thank-you Robert for asking me to come and open this wonderful Parade Cinema. As probably all of you know, you cannot say no to Robert.
“I have worked for a very long time with the Bobby Van charity with him and he is absolutely brilliant in getting things done and I think this is one of his masterpieces.
“So, thank-you very much indeed for asking me to open it. It is going to be a huge asset for everybody in Marlborough, round Marlborough and the whole of Wiltshire.
“I very much look forward to coming to see a film here, having my glass of wine and popcorn and bringing all the grandchildren here.
“Hopefully I will see you again then.”
The cinema was formally a 19th century non-conformist chapel, which has been restored and transformed. It has 106 seats — 70 in the stalls and 36 in the balcony.
Camilla Attends a Short Service of Rededication in Wiltshire
Earlier in the day, the Duchess took part in a short service dedicated to the people who lost their lives in the first and second world war. The rededication service marked the 100th anniversary of the Seend War Memorial.
The Seend War Memorial, in the village of Seend in Wiltshire, was unveiled in February 1921 in order to pay tribute to the 25 soldiers from the parish who lost their lives during the First World War.
The Cornish granite memorial also remembers the seven men who were killed in the Second World War, along with Andrew Holloway, who died in Iraq in 2005.
Camilla, who is the patron of the War Memorials Trust, laid a bouquet of flowers consisting of rosemary, myrtle, rose and hyacinth, at the memorial, before meeting families who had their ancestors named there.
During the event, the Last Post was played and a two-minute silence was observed. Before leaving, she accepted a bouquet of flowers from 10-year-olds Lily King and Florence Crossman, both of whom attend Seend Primary School.
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