Rain causes drop in audience numbers


The third annual Cinema on the Carrs event went ahead on Saturday despite challenging conditions.

Not surprisingly, attendance was significantly down due to the poor weather. A couple of hundred hardy folk braved the rain to enjoy a showing of The Lion King in the afternoon followed by a Duck Race - which benefitted from the white-water conditions on the Bollin.

Then in the evening the audience which gathered for showing of Dirty Dancing were rewarded when the sky cleared and the movie screen illuminated the park.

The free event, that had already been postponed earlier in the year due to adverse weather was organised by Wilmslow Town Council.

Cllr Angela McPake, Chairman of the Wilmslow Town Council Events Group said "The conditions on the day presented a number of challenges for the Town Council, our infrastructure partners, our volunteers and not least the general public.

"We undertake these events to benefit as many of our residents as possible and to enhance our sense of community, it is therefore disappointing when the size of the audience compared to previous years is impacted by challenging weather conditions. As is the case with all of our events we will now review the Cinema on the Carrs and determine if it will appear in our timetable for 2018."

Cinema on the Carrs


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Manuel Golding
Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 2:40 pm
What a great pity the weather turned nasty on a terrific concept.
September is never the best time to stay out in the evenings. Maybe Cllr McPake's Event Group should consider a (supposedly) warmer and dryer part of the "summer"?
It is a great pity when the weather puts a dampener on all the hard work and efforts of the
volunteers and Events Group.
Angela McPake
Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 5:21 pm
Hi Manuel- do you have some view on when a 'dryer' part of the Summer would be? This was originally in June and got re-scheduled because of the forecast. Usually, as the schools go back we tend to get reasonable weather.

Not that any UK weather is exactly predictable!

The positive news is that the new format seemed to work well- although I was a bit concerned we may loose a Girl Guide or two as they negotiated the white water conditions in the river Bollin rescuing ducks!
Cllr Angela McPake
James MacDonald
Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 5:41 pm
You can blame the weather but don't discount the poor choice of movies.
Angela McPake
Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 10:20 pm
The movies were chosen by public vote.
Wayne Jaffe
Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 5:10 am
Good for you in going ahead and showing the films despite the less than ideal conditions on the rescheduled date. All outdoor events run the risk of a fall in footfall when wet. However the atmosphere for Dirty Dancing was lovely and the film itself perfect with a real excellent screen and sound system.
Having run at Wilmslow parkrun in much wetter conditions earlier in the day, again with reduced numbers due to persistent rain, it was great to return with fellow Wilmslow parkrunners and enjoy a film and refreshments back at the Carrs.
Both these events add to our local sense of community in different ways. Well Done!
Manuel Golding
Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 8:46 am
Angela, you have my driest and warmest sympathies and as you will have seen I wrote summer in inverts, tongue in cheek. Unfortunately I have never been a good predictor of trends of any sort and am certainly not a betting man.
You obviously consulted some forecaster whose predictions would have been no better than we amateurs. You couldn't have done more.
One day, one summer, we will all be basking.
Stuart Redgard
Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 7:08 pm
Well done for going ahead. I went into WIlmslow on Monday afternoon and somebody asked me if the event had been cancelled due to the weather. I assumed that it would have been but am very glad to hear that it wasn't cancelled.