Film boost for Ipswich couple

A COUPLE of film fans got an extra Christmas present after becoming the millionth customers at one of the region's biggest cinemas.Lauren Becker and Sion Roberts, of Ipswich, walked into the town's UGC Cinema, and were greeted with a surprising fanfare to mark the occasion.

A COUPLE of film fans got an extra Christmas present after becoming the millionth customers at one of the region's biggest cinemas.

Lauren Becker and Sion Roberts, of Ipswich, walked into the town's UGC Cinema, and were greeted with a surprising fanfare to mark the occasion.

It is the first time that the cinema, which has been open for seven years, has broken the million admissions barrier in a calendar year.

And to celebrate the milestone, the couple were awarded an unlimited free pass to the cinema for 2005.

Vinny Siyani , business manager at the cinema, said he was delighted with its success in 2004 - last year they only recorded 960,000 visitors.

He added: "When you look at what's coming out next year - Star Wars, King Kong and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to name a few - it's a great prize for them.

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"They were fantastic. We jumped on them and congratulated them as soon as they walked through the door.

"It was something that we wanted to make a song and dance about because it's never happened before.

"We are very pleased. It was one of our main goals for the year - and we've achieved it."

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