Ten years ago the production supervisor on Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Pat Carr, launched the Save Our Studios (SOS) campaign to fight plans to close Elstree Studios.
Within a week the campaign to rescue the studios from closure had a chairman, a vice-chairman and a secretary. And after a long battle the studios in Elstree Way, Borehamwood, were saved when Hertsmere Borough Council bought them in 1996.
In this 10th anniversary year of the fight, the original campaign members were due to meet again yesterday and present a cheque for 1,000 to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Appeal — the balance of funds remaining in the SOS campaign funds.
Paul Welsh, who chaired the campaign said: “The 10th anniversary seemed an appropriate occasion to ‘call a wrap’ to our account and we pledged to donate any outstanding monies to charity. The campaign was funded by our own money and funds donated by companies then resident at the studios.
“Any payments for television appearances were also ploughed back into the fund. It was a matter of principle that we ran the campaign to save the studios and not for personal financial gain. No doubt we will meet once every ten years from now on to keep a watchful eye on the studios’ progress until there are only empty chairs remaining!”
A representative of the hospital was due to receive the much-needed cheque from Mr Welsh and the other members of the campaign at a special meeting at the studios last night.