Thousands of fans flock to Scarborough Sci-Fi weekend

SCI-FI SCARBOROUGH 2015 - The daleks head to the beach. By Harry Atkinson.
SCI-FI SCARBOROUGH 2015 - The daleks head to the beach. By Harry Atkinson.

People were transported to a galaxy far far away at the weekend as earthlings mingled with extra-terrestrials at the second Scarborough Sci-Fi festival.

More than 2,500 Sci-Fi and fantasy fans descended on the Spa to rub shoulders with the likes of Darth Vader from Star Wars and Cat from Red Dwarf.

Members of Scarborough Cosplay Group all dress as sci-fi characters. By Harry Atkinson.

Members of Scarborough Cosplay Group all dress as sci-fi characters. By Harry Atkinson.

The event, which attracted visitors from across the UK and was filmed by BBC’s The One Show, was bigger than ever, with organisers hailing it a massive success.

Event co-organiser Steve Dickinson said: “It was phenomenal. There was a really great turnout and all the guests were fantastic and they absolutely loved Scarborough and wanted to come back.”

Guests included a galaxy of stars from the Star Wars films, Dr Who and other Sci-Fi favourites, as well as authors, comic book artists and prop makers.

Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, was one of the most popular guests, with fans turning out in their droves to catch a glimpse of the man behind the mask.

Lily Bloomfield (7) from Scarborough dresses as Princess Leia. By Harry Atkinson.

Lily Bloomfield (7) from Scarborough dresses as Princess Leia. By Harry Atkinson.

Mr Dickinson said: “Dave Prowse was immensely popular. He was a top guy as well and was so impressed by the event and the people who attended it.”

Jamie Anderson, the son of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, was also a major draw, as was the huge display of original props, scenery, uniforms, puppets and spaceships from Anderson’s shows.

“We also had the R2-D2 Builders Club there who make R2 units of all shapes, sizes and colours. These guys have been employed by Lucasfilm and Disney and they went down a storm. They let kids control the robots and their little faces were a picture.”

Visitors were also able to browse a variety of trade stalls and enjoy film and musical entertainment.

Scarborough brothers, Steven Towns (left) and Liam Towns battle as Jedi on the beach. By Harry Atkinson.

Scarborough brothers, Steven Towns (left) and Liam Towns battle as Jedi on the beach. By Harry Atkinson.

“The whole thing was amazing and we are absolutely indebted to everyone who was involved,” said Mr Dickinson.