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Stars and fans flock to sci fi convention
THEY came from a galaxy far, far away to battle for a cause close to home.
For two days heads turned as Darth Vader, jedi, galactic knights, storm troopers, ewoks, daleks and the Predator monster mixed with shoppers in Totton.
Along with a star-studded sci-fi line-up, they were converging for the fundraising extravaganza, DEF CON 11.
An estimated 4,000 diehard sci-fi fans also flocked to the sprawling convention at Totton’s Conservative Club, The Empire Hall and Totton and Eling Community Hall.
Celebrities dropped their attendance fee to appear at the stellar event which included a who’s who of cult sci-fi shows. This included a treat for Red Dwarf fans – Rimmer, Cat and Kryten, aka Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn (above). Model and actress Nathalie Cox known for her role as Juno Eclipse in the Star Wars video game also made a rare appearance.
Other Star Wars characters from the alien Leesub Sirln, played by Pam Rose, and Femi Taylor, the actress behind Jabba the Hutt’s slave dancer Oola, to Jeremy Bulloch, who was Boba Fett, and dwarf Brian Wheeler,who appeared as both an Ewok and a Jawa.
For ‘Whovians’ there was Colin Baker (above), the sixth doctor of the TV hit Doctor Who.
Fans also marvelled at displays of R2D2, The Walking Dead, daleks, Batman and Star Wars as well as film cars and stalls bursting with collector items. The event was dreamed up by dad-of-two Wayne Streak to benefit children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and the Piam Brown ward at Southampton General Hospital. Both supported his son Logan as he batt l e d b l o o d cancer.
Wayne, 37, from Nursling, said: “He pulled through and we wanted to give a little bit back and because of the passion I have for sci-fi and sci-fi toys, I put this together with a group of friends. Today is the result of that. It’s been fantastic.”
The convention was helped by local costume group SO16 Troopers, where people dress as sci-fi characters in original costumes to raise funds for charities.
The first one-day charity convention held last year was such a success, Wayne agreed to host it again and it was double the size.
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