Hundreds of people of all ages turned out to watch the first free outdoor cinema screening at King’s Gardens, Southport.

Families and friends were out in numbers on Wednesday evening (August 5) to watch Mamma Mia in the community garden.

The event was organised by Sefton Council and funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund and is the first of many screenings planned.

Kathryn Ward, Parks Officer for Sefton Council, said: “It was great to see so many people make the effort to come to King’s Gardens for the outdoor screening.

“This was the first one of its kind and sadly there were a few technical problems we had to deal with but this didn’t put people off and their support was overwhelming.

“We are currently looking at making sure there are no glitches for the next showing in King’s Gardens when the Disney classic UP will be screened on Wednesday, August 20.

“Hopefully even more people will turn up and enjoy a free family film in the amazing surroundings of King’s Gardens.

“We want as many local people as possible to be involved with the King’s Gardens Project and to help us look after this historic park.”

Southport’s historic seafront King’s Gardens were awarded more than £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) through their Parks for People programme.

It is one of the largest current park restoration projects in the UK and is entirely externally funded.

For more information on the scheme please visit the blog http://kingsgardens.sefton.gov.uk or get involved by joining the Friends of Kings Gardens by emailing fokg@gmail.com.

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