A community facility open less than a year has won its first award.
The Jam Jar Cinema is toasting its success after winning the Whitley Bay Town Cup, organised by North Tyneside Council.
Dan Ellis worked with Stephen Fairley and Will Smith to set up the 42-seat cinema in the town, with the aim of bringing communities together through a wide range of films.
And the positive addition to Whitley Bay was recognised for its early success by winning the Town Cup – awarded each year to a group or individual who has brought about an outstanding event or been of outstanding service in the community.
Dan said: “Being awarded the Town Cup is a wonderful achievement for us.
“We are a teeny tiny venue with big ambitions; we screen everything from blockbusters to special-interest films and welcome people of all ages.
“As a community interest company, every penny that is spent with us goes into future projects; and we’re looking forward to being a big attraction for Whitley Bay in the years to come.”
Dan was presented with the cup by council chairman Coun Janet Hunter before last Thursday’s council meeting.
She said: “We are delighted to recognised the contribution of Jam Jar to Whitley Bay; and pay tribute to Dan and his volunteers for making this community venture such a success.
“Jam Jar has proved a great addition to Whitley Bay, enhancing what the town has to offer and being a focal point for people to get together.”
Mayor Norma Redfearn added: “It is a wonderful asset – not just to Whitley Bay but North Tyneside.”