RESIDENTS will be treated to a festive family screening of ‘Home Alone’ at Atherton Parish Church this weekend.

Taking place at 4pm on Saturday, December 16, the free screening will see the church turned into a community cinema - complete with food and drink, prizes for best fancy dress or Christmas jumper and a raffle.

The event has been supported by Atherton South and Lilford councillors John Harding, Lee McStein and Debra Wailes, and will provide an opportunity to help raise the vital funds needed to go towards the £2000 cost of permanently repairing the clock on the church tower, a much-loved element of Atherton’s heritage.

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Leigh Journal: The free screening takes place on December 16The free screening takes place on December 16 (Image: Paul Blinkhorn)

Rev. Tracy Marshall said, “We are delighted to be hosting, along with Leigh Film Factory. The screening is free, but we hope residents will consider supporting us with a suggested donation of £3 per ticket and join us for a fabulous family evening of entertainment.”

Councillor Lee McStein noted: “We are proud to have sponsored this festive film screening by Leigh Film Factory at Atherton Parish Church. This event is a welcome addition to Atherton’s Christmas calendar, alongside other well-attended events such as the Christmas Markets and last week’s Walking Nativity. While the event is free, we're hoping anyone attending can offer a donation to support the much-needed repairs to Atherton’s historic church clock.”

The Chris Columbus directed Christmas classic ‘Home Alone’, features Macaulay Culkin as eight-year-old troublemaker, Kevin, who is mistakenly left home alone and must defend his home against a pair of burglars on Christmas eve. The film is a staple of the festive season and a perfect treat for all the family.

Local resident and event co-ordinator, Paul Blinkhorn, said: “We’re really looking forward to bringing a cinema experience to Atherton. ‘Home Alone’ is jam-packed with laughs, tears and comic escapades in equal measure, so it’s certainly an ideal choice for families wanting to spend some quality time together over Christmas without needing to break the bank.”  

Free tickets can be booked here.