Harold Cordell, the wonderful Weymouth entertainer and charity show organiser, sadly died last January.

Last month, his family, colleagues and friends arranged a special tribute of song, dance and memories at the Pavilion, Weymouth in aid of local charities.  The Rex cinema representatives went along to the show as The Rex Cinema in Wareham is honoured to be one of the beneficiaries.

Harold, who suffered from vascular dementia and Alzheimers, enjoyed coming to the Rex for the ‘Dementia Friendly Screenings’ once a month.  The monthly visits meant so much to him and his family as Harold felt safe in the comfort of the theatre, he could focus on the film and so allowed his family a short respite knowing Harold was content.  The Rex staff also enjoyed meeting Harold – an eccentric and unique personality – Mr Music Hall himself.

On November 10th staff from the Rex went to Weymouth to collect the award from Brian Crump, Harold’s son, and were amazed by the generosity of the donation.  As well as collecting the cheque (see photo) it was an opportunity to meet Harold’s family, his friends and his show biz colleagues. They were also treated to a display of talent from the local dance school and other entertainments.

It is wonderful to know that many who suffer the anguish of dementia, can find relief, comfort, and respite from the magic of the movies.  The Rex Cinema have discontinued the DFS but are helping with similar screenings at The Parish Hall on The Quay in Wareham who now have the equipment to show their own films.

The Rex Cinema would like to improve their wheelchair access and disabled facilities and the splendid donation in Harold’s name will go towards this.