Hartlepool charity will benefit from open-air Dirty Dancing

Manager of Hartlepool Families First Paul Thompson with some of the charity's gang.
Manager of Hartlepool Families First Paul Thompson with some of the charity's gang.

A town charity is set to benefit from an open-air screening of one of the most popular films of all time.

Dirty Dancing, starring the late actor Patrick Swayze, will be played for audiences in Hartlepool at the outdoor cinema show and sing-a-long event.

A scene from Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

A scene from Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

The screening will take place at West Hartlepool Rugby Club, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, on Friday, June 26, to raise money for vital town charity Hartlepool Families First.

People wanting to attend and show their support can also dress up as one of their favourite characters from the film.

And, as well as enjoying the movie, which will be played straight through without an interval, they can choose between two screenings.

Gates will open at 12pm for an afternoon show of about 2pm, and again at 6.30pm for a show at 8pm.

Why not get in to the spirit by getting dressed up as your favourite character? It does not matter how old you are, you are never too old for fancy dress!

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Members of the public can bring their own refreshments and picnics – but no barbecues – and there will also be a number of outlets selling food, drinks and a licenced bar.

A spokesman for the event said: “As for timings there is no fixed rule with this. Simply turn up, find a spot and it’s yours. You are welcome to bring a blanket or a chair.

“The screen will be high enough for everyone to see. There are no tiered seating nor chairs provided.

“From the moment the gates open, our live DJ and Party Master will be playing games and keeping the night going with a swing.

“There will also be a selection of rides and amusements to pass the time away. We also have a number of vendors attending who will be selling sweets, ice creams, jewellery, illuminated toys and more.

“There may even be a few surprises on the night.

“A full licenced bar and hot food will be available within the Rugby Clubhouse.”

People can park in Catcote School, opposite West Hartlepool Rugby Club, or in the parking spaces in Catcote Road.

He added: “Why not get in to the spirit by getting dressed up as your favourite character? It does not matter how old you are, you are never too old for fancy dress!”

To learn more about the organisation, visit www.hartlepoolfamiliesfirst.org.uk

Organisers have reminded people that the event could be cancelled if there is heavy rain.

Wheelchair users, should email events@hartlepoolfamiliesfirst.org.uk to reserve you a spot close to the hard-standing area.