Fans flock to sci-fi convention at Market Place shopping centre

Fans flock to sci-fi convention at Market Place shopping centre

Cameron Mendes, aged three, of Tonge Fold, meets Darth Vader

Holly Bristow aged nine of Horwich dressed as Wonder Woman

Brother and sister Cameron and Ophelia Wilbraham, of Astley Bridge, as Captain America and Wonder Woman

A visitor in a Halo mask

Darth Vader

One of the stalls at the sci-fi convention

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

SCIENCE fiction fans across Bolton flocked to the Market Place shopping centre to get their hands on some rare collectibles.

Famous sci-fi characters Darth Vader and Batman were also at the centre to have their pictures taken with excited fans.

There was a wide range of stalls selling sci-fi and superhero memorabilia, including T-shirts, books and comics.

Ken Hampson, owner of the sci-fi shop Omega Collectibles, which is based at St Andrew’s Court, put up a stall at the event, which sold Batman toys and miniature Doctor Who daleks.

Mr Hampson, from Salford, said: “The response has been very good — this event is always a success. Children and adults alike have thoroughly enjoyed it, which is encouraging.

“This event seems to appeal to all ages. Sci-fi is all the rage right now — you see it in the major films of today.”

Another stallholder at the event was John Wright, from Southport, whose items included a rare Spiderman comic for sale at £200.

Mr Wright said: “I’ve had some great feedback from people and I’m really pleased with how many have turned out.

“I’ve always found sci-fi as a genre fascinating and I have many sci-fi heroes. The first superhero I ever watched was Adam West’s Batman and I was interested in Spiderman from Marvel Comics as a kid.

“Sci-fi has changed a lot over the years. When you look at some of the early artwork in comics, it’s comical and slapstick. Nowadays, it’s a lot darker. But in any era, children will always have sci-fi characters to look up to.”

Matthew Lee, aged 16, of Farnworth, came dressed as Master Chief, the main character from the video game Halo. He said: “I enjoy everything about sci-fi, from Star Trek to Doctor Who. I heard this is a big event.”

His friend Ocean Stulock, aged 19, of Tonge Fold, added: “I like the way that you can lose yourself in sci-fi. It’s like your own world that you can become lost in.

“This event brings the sci-fi community together.”

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11:51pm Mon 19 May 14

BoltonNick says...

Bolton could do with a Forbidden Planet shop in the town centre - great place for all that is Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Their shop in Nottingham is always busy and there is nothing like it here in Bolton or the surrounding towns.
Bolton could do with a Forbidden Planet shop in the town centre - great place for all that is Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Their shop in Nottingham is always busy and there is nothing like it here in Bolton or the surrounding towns. BoltonNick
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