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Posted on 14 March 2013

Dozens of cinemagoers dressed up to enjoy the red carpet treatment as they arrived for a charity screening of Casablanca, ‘the greatest film of all time’ at the Silver Screen Cinema in Folkestone.

The Casablanca evening was organised by Tom Langlands to help him towards his fundraising target for Pilgrims Hospices. Tom is running both London and Paris marathons during April and the £2,000 from the VIP event will go towards that.

Tom described the occasion: “The evening included a pre-screening vintage cocktail reception for a select gathering of VIPs. Every ticket holder then had the opportunity to make a classic film star entrance at Silver Screen Cinema along a 60 foot red carpet, the first in its 23 year history, spanning the entire length of the Old Town Hall.

“Guests then took their seats serenaded by Alex McNeice on the piano ending with an impromptu performance from the Cinque Port Lindyhoppers.

“The lights then dimmed, the curtains drew back and the audience was transformed to 1942 with a re-mastered screening of the multi-Oscar winning Bogart/Bergman classic, arguably the greatest film of all time.

“After the show the prize raffle was drawn with deputy Mayor Cllr Roger West scooping one of the five star prizes, a year’s free pass for two to Silver Screen Cinema.

“Guests then reconvened at Rick’s Cafe Americain aka The Lanterns, their busiest night ever, for an evening of Forties entertainment provided by the talented Michael Duble, the unforgettable Diane Dunn and band with Jive King and Andrew Hall, closing the show with a formidable DJ set that got everyone on the dance floor.

“Neighbouring Googies Art Cafe got in on the act too supplying bespoke Bogart, Bergman and Greenstreet themed meals for the guests.”

Attendees, family and friends are now invited to increase the amount raised by purchasing a souvenir photo of their night on the red carpet. Both photographers, Freddie Lee Thompson & Jim Roberts have kindly agreed to donate their photographs taken on the night. Full details on where to view the photos and how to purchase them can be found online at the official event page,

Tom is hoping to raise further funds for Pilgrims by completing both the Paris & London marathons in April 2013. He is running as part of a team who have so far raised £8000. Find out more about them at

Nigel Donkin, regional fundraising manager said, “This was a fantastic way of raising funds for Pilgrims, an evening of fun and nostalgia that was superbly organised. We wish Tom all the best in his marathon quest next month.”


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