Reel winner Eddie is now the main feature

SBBN Eddie Poole, Greenlaw, receives lifetime cinema award after 80 years of work.-
SBBN Eddie Poole, Greenlaw, receives lifetime cinema award after 80 years of work.-

Greenlaw’s Eddie Poole has been recognised for decades of work with a special Lifetime Contribution to Cinema Award.

He is set to receive the award at the prestigious Digital Cinema Conference in London on November 27.

And Eddie, whose involvement in the industry goes back over 60 years, is still, at 80, involved with his family’s Pavilion Cinema in Galashiels.

Eddie said: “I was honoured – and to be honest a little surprised - to learn that I was to be given this award by the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA). I’ve been incredibly lucky to be able to follow my lifelong passion into a full time career and turn this into a successful business.

“To be recognised for doing what I love is truly appreciated, but I really need to thank all my family, who have fully supported me in my efforts over the years in keeping the business going, particularly over the difficult periods.

“Running single screen cinemas is not for the faint-hearted.

“I’d also like to thank the CEA, who were instrumental in encouraging me to keep the business going through some tough times.”

CEA Chief Executive Phil Clapp added: “I can think of no more worthy recipient of our Lifetime Contribution Award than Eddie Poole. His story is one of passion and dedication, and it is particularly fitting that our digital cinema conference is the forum in which we will present Eddie with this sign of recognition.

“Eddie has witnessed and worked through the industry’s biggest milestones, including the seismic changes brought by digitisation. During his career, he has helped revive cinemas all over Scotland, bringing the magic of the big screen experience to a wider range of communities.”

After working as a relief projectionist in Preston as a teenager, Eddie toured a mobile cinema around the Borders in the early 1970s. He later shifted his attention to the Pavilion Cinema in Galashiels, which has become his family’s second home.