SCIENCE fiction proved a big hit in South Tyneside – and that’s a fact!
Staunch Star Wars fans, Doctor Who devotees and comic book aficionados were among the bumper crowd of enthusiasts who flocked to South Shields Museum and Art Gallery for the second Sci-Fi Collectors Fair.
Visitors came from all over the borough and beyond to check out the rich array of comic books, costumes, autographed memorabilia and toys – for boys and dads – on show.
The free event was the brainchild of sci fi fanatic Keith Lawler, who ensured the genre was brought to life with an assortment of larger-than-life characters greeting guests.
A stormtrooper was given a day off from a shift at the Death Star, the heroes of Hollywood smash Kick Ass dropped by, and even arch enemies Batman and Penguin called a temporary truce to enjoy the fun.
Mr Lawler, 45, a dad-of-two from Sunderland, said: “We’ve been very busy. This is the second time we’ve held the fair at South Shields Museum. We had Star Wars, Star Trek and Doctor Who merchandise, with a vast array of items on sale, from memorabilia and comics to books .
“I have been a science fiction fan since the age of nine, when I first saw Star Wars. I have been collecting for 20 years.”
Steve Rodda, who was selling treasured goods from his extensive Star Wars collection, added: “The event is great. It’s good that science fiction fans have this venue where they can come together.”
Among those on the hunt to add to their collections were Doctor Who fans Josh Hume, nine, and brother Ryan, eight.
The event proved just what the doctor ordered for their mum Ashleigh Patterson, 33.
She said: “They have both absolutely loved it. They are really big Doctor Who fans. This is a great thing to have in the town. We need more events like this to get people into the area.”
The fair, which ran for more than three hours, was held in two rooms of the museum, with lots of space devoted to Doctor Who in the series’ 50th anniversary year.
For fans who still haven’t quenched their science fiction thirst, Mr Lawler will be hosting another fair at Hebburn Community Centre on Saturday, October 19.