Sci-Fi event hailed a huge success

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Thousands of sci-fi fans were in for a treat at the weekend as the first ever Sci-Fi Scarborough event opened its doors.

The convention, which has been two years in the planning, attracted fans and guests from all over the UK and beyond.

141443f'Sci Fi Scarborough at the Spa'The Mega City One Judges on patrol at the Spa 'Picture by Neil Silk'05/04/14

141443f'Sci Fi Scarborough at the Spa'The Mega City One Judges on patrol at the Spa 'Picture by Neil Silk'05/04/14

The two-day event at the Spa Complex featured comics, collectables, gaming, guest speakers, films, music and workshops.

Red Dwarf star and DJ Craig Charles returned to the venue to host a funk and soul night on the Saturday.

Guest signers from the world of film included Paris Themmen, who played Mike Tee Vee in the original 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

He told The Scarborough News that he attends around 10 to 15 sci-fi conventions a year and was enjoying his first trip to Scarborough.

Paris said: “I really like Scarborough. The sea’s lovely and I love the Victorian architecture.

“It actually reminds me of a video game called Bio Shock. The people are great and I love the Northern accent!”

He added: “It seems like the event has been a real success. I hope the guys will do one again next year.”

Paris said he is a self-confessed “geek” and loves sci-fi and gaming.

He also enjoys chatting to Willy Wonka fans of all ages who still appreciate the film’s timeless appeal.

Paris said: “At the time we could tell it was going to be cool, but we didn’t know we’d still be talking about it 43 years later!”

Sci-Fi Scarborough organiser Steve Dickinson said he was delighted at the response to the event.

He said: “I’m ecstatic. It’s been one of the best weekends of eventing of my life.

“I’m quite shocked at the reaction really. Everyone has been lovely, from the guests to the volunteers to everyone who came along.

“It’s completely exceeded my expectations and we’re hoping to do it again next year.”