A FILM enthusiast was given a special recognition after dedicating a lifetime to Ayr Film Society.

Ron Currie has spent 46 years working with the society and was given the accolade of Outstanding Contribution by an individual at The Film Society of the Year Awards held in Sheffield.

Ron travelled down to pick up his award hosted by Cinema for All who reflect the work of over 320 community cinema providers throughout the UK during the 2018-19 season.

Ron told the Advertiser his delight at being hailed for his near half century with the society.

He said: “It was lovely to have that. I have been a member since the very start in 1973 and became a member of the committee four years later. It was great to be given the award, it’s the first time I’ve been put forward for it in 46 years. It’s definitely a highlight of my time, although a bit too late for the CV.”

“Some it is just down to being an admin freak and I really enjoy the films. It’s great to choose the films that we show.”

The society also came out winners in the Best Film Programme category and were up against seven other societies for the prize.

Ron added: “It’s the fourth consecutive year we’ve had an award. But it was the first time in a while to win that category.

“We have been screening a lot of alternative titles to what you get at commercial cinemas. We screen a lot of foreign language and indie films. So it was great and we got a bottle of champers for that.”

Ayr Film Society, provides provision of an alternative to commercial cinema blockbusters, similar to GFT in Glasgow.

The society use Ayr town hall to screen films across the year.

The awards are reflective of the work of community cinemas providing alternative cinema.