THERE’S still time to get your hands on tickets for a preview of the latest Bond movie in Portsmouth.
The new 007 blockbuster, Skyfall, will be screened at Vue cinema in Gunwharf Quays next week, ahead of the film’s general release date, at a charity premiere.
Fundraiser Ann Wilson, from Gunwharf, has already sold 270 tickets for the event in aid of Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID).
But at the last minute she has been given a larger screen with 418 seats and is now working tirelessly to fill the room.
Ann, 65, who persuaded film giant Sony to let her show the movie in aid of charity, said: ‘I want to make it a really special occasion.
‘There will be bubbly and canapes in Tiger Tiger before the screening, a red carpet for people to walk down and there might even be a few surprises along the way.
‘The dress code is smart or dinner jacket – it’s going to be a very glamorous evening.
‘As well as having the chance to see the new Bond film, which is supposed to be the best ever, people will also be supporting a very worthwhile charity.’
Mrs Wilson has worked with FSID since the death of her eight-week-old daughter Nicola in 1974.
She hopes the event will help raise awareness of the charity and what people can do to help prevent sudden infant deaths.
She added: ‘There are still 300 babies who die unexpectedly every year in the UK and their parents are not given a reason for their death.
‘All the money raised from this event will be going back into the charity to help with its research and to support parents and procedures to reduce the risk.
‘Fundraising in the 1990s cut the death rate by half and we’re hoping to help reduce that figure again.’
Mrs Wilson had planned to have someone dressed as Bond and the Queen jump out of a helicopter into the centre’s square, just like the Olympics Opening Ceremony, but health and safety rules would not allow a helicopter that close to Gunwharf.
Visitors will meet in Tiger Tiger for the champagne reception at 7pm before being escorted to Vue around 8.30pm on Thursday next week.
Tickets cost £30 and an application form for tickets can be downloaded at fsid.org.uk/skyfall.
Alternatively anyone who wants more information or to reserve tickets can email firstname.lastname@example.org.