FILM fans in fancy dress collected more than 300 signatures on Saturday in their efforts to stop the closure of the area's last cinema -the ABC in Aldershot High Street. The protest now bears more than 500 names and organiser Rachel Winkworth says the fight goes on.

Meanwhile Gala Bingo, which owns the site, announced that bingo would continue. But Odeon cinemas, proprietors of the ABC, were unmoved by the news that the Blackwater Valley towns are now without a cinema and refused a stay of execution.

The proprietor of the former Robins cinema in Camberley, which closed down in May, told the Star that he had been interested in taking a short-term lease on the Aldershot building, but had received no encouragement from Gala.

The whole site is earmarked for redevelopment but despite optimistic noises about work possibly starting later this year, a more likely scenario is that it could be untouched for years.

As the Star went to press we were waiting for a statement from Gala as to whether any change of heart was possible.

The protesters will be back at the ABC at noon on Saturday, July 5, when they will be handing over the petition to both the cinema and bingo club managers. They are urging local people to join them. Contact Rachael on 01252 653001 if you can help.

Picture: Cinema fans, dressed as their favourite movie characters, take their protest into Aldershot High Street. From left: Ruby Sutcliffe, 5; Dylan Winkworth, 3; his mum Rachel Winkworth; Paul Burns; Sophie Merrick, 6; and Katie Sutcliffe.