Seeing Bugsy Malone at the cinema in Western Road was an experience comedian Eddie Izzard never forgot.
It’s part of why he strongly backs the campaign to protect the building from development and see it open for the entertainment of the community, and why he took time out of a flat-out schedule which includes his Force Majeure world tour to make a plea for support.
Eddie agreed to become patron of Friends of Bexhill Cinema after Andrew Crotty met with him in hope of enlisting his help.
Now the international star of stand-up and Hollywood actor has made a film which is on the Bexhill Observer website as well as our Facebook page.
Andy said: “He truly is a gentleman for the help he has given us. For him to do this for us shows he really wants to see Bexhill coming up and he wants to help the people of Bexhill as well.
“He is keen for Bexhill to move forward which is very good. When he came to do his show on the rooftop at the De La Warr Pavilion I met him at the station, we walked down together and talked, and he was more than happy to help out. We went to the cinema and took photographs, and he was telling me how he went to the cinema and saw Bugsy Malone and he was smiling at the memory. That is exactly what I want for the community, for people to have those memories of what they saw there, somewhere local for people to go, and not pay a fortune or have to make great plans for, just something you fancy doing in the evening.”
Andy was also pleased last Spring when the building gained the protection of being placed on the council’s list of community assets.