Star Wars heroes and Judge Dredd appear at South Shields sci-fi festival

CREATURES from across the galaxy descended on South Tyneside as an annual science fiction event pulled in the crowds once again.

More than a thousand people are thought to have attended the weekend’s free to enter Scifair gathering, held at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, in Ocean Road.

SCIFI ... Scifi day at south Shields Museum.

SCIFI ... Scifi day at south Shields Museum.

Collectables, toys, comics, memorabilia and trading cards were all on sale to visitors who packed out the venue.

Stormtroopers from the Star Wars film series, futuristic police character Judge Dredd as well as a host of aliens all turned out.

Among those attending were the Mawson family, from North Tyneside.

De (CORR) Mawson and husband Paul brought along children Hollie, 10, Tarah, seven, and Thomas, two, who were all dressed in Star Wars outfits as part of the fun day out.

I think there’s always been an appetite for these type of event but because they’re a lot less mainstream maybe they don’t get as much attention

Elaine Lawler, Scifair organiser

De, 30, said: “We’ve never been to this before and only found out about it when my sister read in a magazine that it was happening.

“The kids love Star Wars and Harry Potter, so it’s ideal for them and they’re really enjoying it.

“The only similar thing that’s been on recently was at the Metro Arena but you had to queue up and get tickets for that, but with this we can just come along and walk in.

“It’s something for us to do as a family at the weekend.”

Event organiser Elaine Lawler, who puts on Scifair with husband Keith, said they were delighted with the turn out which proved that interest in science fiction festivals is growing.

“We had the first one in August 2012 and have held a few since then,” said Elaine.

“I think there’s always been an appetite for these type of events but because they’re a lot less mainstream maybe they don’t get as much attention.

“As well as the geek crowd, we’re reaching out to families, because we want this to be for them as well.”