Packed Venue for Edinburgh Film Premiere
The Edinburgh premiere of the documentary Kohima – An Exploration of War, Memory and Gratitude at the Cameo Picturehouse
Photo: Scottish Cinemas
With and audience of 220, the Edinburgh film première of Kohima was held at the Cameo Picturehouse on Monday 28 October and was a virtual sell out. This major event was a warm and supportive assembly of people, revealing the strength and appeal of KET in Scotland.
Supporters of the Trust came from as far away as Argyll, Glasgow, Moray and Sutherland.
Among the special contingents was a group of senior students, along with their headmaster, his deputy and three teachers from Hillhead High School in Glasgow – the alma mater of Jock Young, the unsung hero who was killed at Kharasom who features prominently in the film.
In contrast with the London and York premieres, this Edinburgh event was in a commercial cinema, quite luxuriously equipped in the traditional theatre style. Among the evening's special touches were two pipers, welcoming guests at the door, who played tunes including “Heroes of Kohima” and the “Jock Young Lament”.
Assisting with the ushering of guests, the sale of raffle tickets and handing out eats at the reception were cadets from the recently renamed Kohima Company of the local Army Cadet Force.
David Shaw chaired the proceedings superbly. Murray Naylor came up from York and spoke movingly about his service to the 2nd Division and his distinguished role in the creation of KET.
Presentation of KET certificate of appreciation
Almost £4,000 was raised for the Trust’s works and the raffle alone made £565. The winning ticket for two seats in the Armed Forces Box at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo next year was won by Erika Butryn from The French Consulate in Edinburgh.
Sadly the day of the premiere coincided with a severe storm in the south of England and the closure of King’s Cross railway station. As a result the director, David S Percy, was unable to make the screening and receive the plaudits of a very appreciative audience.
A very successful event indeed, and the Trust has certainly attracted many more friends and supporters in Scotland.
The evening concluded with a convivial meal in the nearby Nepali restaurant where the proprietor was presented with a certificate as thanks for all his support of The Kohima Educational Trust.
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