The People’s Millions competition is run by Big Lottery Fund and ITV to give money to communities for innovative projects.
The Ringside Theatre project was entered by TRD to win enough money to transform the auction ring into a comfortable warm properly equipped cinema.
We never expected it but we’re through to the finals for STV central region which extends from Perth down to Biggar on the east including Edinburgh and from Fort William to South Ayrshire including Glasgow on the west. Our project is one of 8 short-listed from this huge region!
The competition will take place the week 23 – 27 November with two projects featured each night on the ITV regional news. Nightly voting begins at 9 a.m for that day’s projects and closes at midnight. The two featured projects go head-to-head to win the public vote. Our project will be featured on Monday 23rd November - Put the date in your diary now!
If we win we’ll be able to install heating, insulation, blinds and proper theatre seats in the mart and adapt the ringside so that it’s removable to create a comfortable theatre with seating for 50 and Tiree will at last have a Cinema. We’ll even have a pop corn machine!
STV are coming to Tiree during the next few weeks to film our ‘pitch’ for the competition. We need as many people as possible to come along and get the public to vote for us by telling STV how having a Cinema on Tiree could change people’s lives.
If you would like to take part in the pitch please get in touch with one of the Cinema Steering Group – Alastair MacInnes, Clare Jones, Frances Woodhead, John Isaacson, Andy Phillips, Ewan MacKinnon, Jane Isaacson.
If you’d like to know what we’re up against, you can see this year’s projects HERE