Red carpet rolls out for Royals’ VE fun

Sarah Gadon, star of the film A Royal Night Out, with Chelsea Pensioners.
Sarah Gadon, star of the film A Royal Night Out, with Chelsea Pensioners.
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CINEMAGOERS in Hull are being offered a “royal night out” - a special screening of a film about Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret which was largely shot in the city.

World War Two drama A Royal Night Out, based on the story of the princesses celebrating VE Day incognito, will be shown at Cineworld Hull, Kingswood, at 7pm on Friday .

Hull Independent Cinema Project has organised the screening in conjunction with Hull’s Lord Mayor, Coun Mary Glew, to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal.

A Royal Night Out tells the story of the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, who persuaded their parents to allow them to venture out into London to join the thousands of people celebrating the end of the war in Europe.

During shooting last year, city centre locations including Princes Dock Street, The Land of Green Ginger and Alfred Gelder Street stood in for the streets of 1940s London, while hundreds of local people acted as extras in the film’s many crowd scenes.

The screening will feature a red carpet entrance, a prize raffle, and a drinks reception in the bar at Cineworld from 6pm.

An exhibition of behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the film, shot by local photographer Andy Houghton, who was also an extra, will be on display on the screen before the film begins.

All proceeds from the screening will be donated to the Lord Mayor’s charities, Preston Road Women’s Centre, the Teenage Cancer Unit at Castle Hill Hospital and Mathew’s Hub, which works with young people with high-functioning autism.

Tickets cost £5 from