South Tyneside’s Mayor and Mayoress found the force was with them when they took part in a community event in South Shields.
Councillor Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia came face to face with a cast of Star Wars characters as VIP guests at Horsley Hill Fun Day.
They met Darth Maul and stormtroopers at the event in Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing Centre.
More down to earth activities were provided by a magician and balloon modeller, and visitors also enjoyed a teddy bears picnic, police coconut shy, a football tournament, and arts and crafts.
The afternoon event was organised by South Tyneside Council, Horsley Hill Youth Group, Northumbria Police, South Tyneside Homes and residents, working with communities’ charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (STAN).
It was supported by a £1,000 grant from the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum.
Horsley Hill councillor Eileen Leask, who was involved in the planning, said: “It was a hugely enjoyable day and was really well attended by the community.
“I’m delighted to have been part of such a terrific community event.”
Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing Centre is managed by Groundwork STAN.
The charity works to build sustainable communities, transform underused spaces into community-enhancing ‘green’ areas, and helps people into employment by providing training, skills and encouragement.
Based at the Eco Centre in Hebburn, it operates the One Trinity Green business centre in Eldon Street, South Shields, and West Boldon Lodge, an outdoor education centre in South Tyneside.