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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Cinema sequel: Ruby (103) back at silver screen after 80-year break

Century cinema owner Mark Doherty greets his oldest customer. (North West Newspix)
Century cinema owner Mark Doherty greets his oldest customer. (North West Newspix)
Movie star: Ruby Druce in younger days

Stephen Maguire

A 103-year-old woman who visited her local cinema for the first time in more than 80 years told her friends: "Make sure you bring me to the sequel."

Ruby Druce was last at the cinema when she cycled there in the 1940s.

But a combination of a busy married life and working for more than 45 years in a local shirt factory in Co Donegal meant Ruby never got back to the silver screen.

All that changed last weekend however when Ruby's niece Margo Butler decided to take her to see period drama 'Downton Abbey'.

"Ruby used to love the cinema but it must be 80 years she was last there," explained Margo.

"She used to cycle from her home in Castlefinn and across the Border into Strabane in Co Tyrone.

"She likes watching 'Downton Abbey' on the television and I just happened to say to her that there was a film of it on in the cinema and she decided she'd like to go."

Mark Doherty, owner of Century Complex cinema in Letterkenny, heard about Ruby's special occasion and treated her to a meal at the adjoining restaurant.

Margo said: "She was treated like royalty and she was so happy to meet Mark.

"She didn't bother ordering popcorn or sweets because we'd had such a lovely meal beforehand.

"She really, really enjoyed the film and the whole occasion. She even asked us on the way out to let her know when the sequel is on so we can go again."

Irish Independent

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