Accrington and Rossendale College was a hive of activity on Wednesday 4th July, as they hosted their very first drive-in screening of the classic film Grease. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, for one night only, the college became Rydell High.

Guests danced and sang under the Blue Moon in the Summer Night throughout the film with Pink Ladies, T-Birds, tea dresses and neck scarves out in full force – embracing the 50’s theme.

The event, organised by Scott Dawson Advertising, was the first of its kind in the town. Over 400 people gathered at the college on a warm Wednesday evening to enjoy the outdoor screening. Guests arrived from 7pm and were able to purchase American diner style food including pizza, hot dogs, fries, burgers and ice cream provided by catering students via Roots Restaurant. The menu was well received, with many returning for second helpings!

The film began at 9:30pm, when everyone settled down in and around their parked cars for a night of nostalgia.

Zahida Shamim, Event Director at Scott Dawson Advertising, said:

“The atmosphere was wonderful, the sun was shining and people were dancing, singing and clapping throughout. It was great to see the community coming together to have fun for a special evening. The catering students from the college did a brilliant job of providing the food, people were going up for seconds and were really complimentary. I was particularly impressed with all the outfits too, it was a lovely night for everyone involved!”

Attendees took to social media this morning to share their experiences of the screening, with many asking when the next one will take place and giving kudos to the organisers and hosts for “a fantastic, well organised evening.”