LITTLE Nyree Farquharson was crowned Lion Queen for the day when she had her own private cinema trip.
The brave tot, who turned three on Monday, visited Cineworld in Boldon Colliery for a private screening of her favourite film, The Lion King.
The treat was extra special for Nyree as she was joined by her friends from the children’s cancer unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
The youngster was diagnosed with an aplastic Wilms’ tumour on her left kidney last November.
Since then she has had an operation to remove the tumour, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, requiring nearly 30 general anaesthetics.
But things are starting to look up for Nyree, who lives with parents Hayley, a dental nurse, 28, and Mike, in Arthur Street, Whitburn, after her latest scan showed her treatment is working.
Mike, 39, a dentist, said: “It was great. We had a really good time and Nyree loved seeing The Lion King on the big screen.
“The cinema staff were brilliant. They left the house lights on for us and kept control of the temperature and the sound to make sure everyone was comfortable and when they went to cut Nyree’s cake, they came back with free ice cream for all the kids.
“The kids ran around and it was hectic, but that was the whole idea of having the screen to ourselves so we wouldn’t disturb anyone else.”
Some of the children from the cancer ward had never been to the cinema before and are at a high risk of infection due to their chemotherapy treatment.
But thanks to the private screening on Sunday, they were able to enjoy the movie risk free.
Mike added: “One of the parents came dressed up as Minnie Mouse and they all loved it too.
“I think we’ve given them an idea of what to do for their kids’ birthdays.”
Normally it costs £600 to hire a screen and £100 to rent a film, but cinema bosses opened the screen to the family for £250.
Michala Berry, deputy general manager at Cineworld Boldon, said: “It was one of our operations managers, Karen Gibson, who took the initial query and sorted it all out with head office.
“Hayley just came in to ask how much it would cost and Karen told head office about Nyree’s story and they decided to give them some money off.
“It was just lovely to see all the kids enjoying the film and they seemed to have a brilliant time - so did the parents.
“The kids were just absolutely over the moon.”