A film lover who brought the big screen to Whitley Bay has been honoured for his work in the community.
Dan Ellis set up the Jam Jar Cinema in Whitley Bay to ensure local residents could go to the cinema without having to travel more than seven miles.
I’m delighted to receive this award because we have a lot of local people in Whitley Bay who have joined together to make Jam Jar possibleDan Ellis
And now the 26-year-old has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.
More than 19,000 people have attended events at the cinema since it opened in September 2013, with events run for schools, older people and isolated members of the community.
Dan is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Mr Cameron said: “Dan’s passion for cinema and strong sense of community has inspired him to create something truly special for the people of North Tyneside.
“Dan’s Jam Jar Cinema has provided opportunities for young and old to learn new skills and I am delighted to recognise his service by making him a Point of Light today.”
Jam Jar Cinema currently runs up to 26 screenings a week. Dan is at the cinema every day, greeting visitors, acting as usher and playing the films, while he is supported by a team of 26 volunteers.
Dan said: “I’m delighted to receive this award because we have a lot of local people in Whitley Bay who have joined together to make Jam Jar possible.
“I believe that the best people to solve local problems are local people, and it’s lovely for this community cinema to be recognised.”
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP said: “The point of Light Award is a well-deserved, and great honour for Dan Ellis. In the best traditions of cinema and community the Jam Jar Cinema is valued and well-used asset for Whitley Bay.”
“I would like to add my congratulations to Dan and his achievements.”