Get in the ‘Whisky Galore’ spirit

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WHAT better way to mark the anniversary of the sinking that inspired ‘Whisky Galore’ than with a screening in Scotland’s oldest purpose built cinema and a dram of the national drink?

To mark the 70th anniversary of the SS Politician running aground in the Outer Hebrides, the Bo’ness Hippodrome is showing the 1949 film that depicted the events and a whisky tasting.

‘Whisky Galore’ tells the story of the cargo ship bound for the Caribbean which sank near the fictional islands of Little Todday and Great Todday.

The islanders take advantage of the thousands of bottles of whisky that wash up on the shores and have to fight the authorities to keep them at a time of war rationing.

The special screening will be shown on February 5 with an introduction from Keith Hewitt, an expert on the SS Politician sinking and owner of several artifacts from the ‘Polly’. Before the screening and talk, Isle of Arran Distillers will be on hand to give samples of the ‘water of life’.

Keith said: “Without question this is one of the best venues I’ve attended, the film is loved by young and old, it’s a real pleasure to introduce the film on this historical day. I have no doubt the event will be a storming success as always.”

‘Whisky Galore!’ Night at the Hippodrome, starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 5. Tickets cost £10.50 (£8) and are available from the box office on (01324) 506 850. Tickets are selling fast and anyone interested is urged to book quickly to avoid disappointment.