WATCH: Daleks invade Hebburn

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DALEKS invaded South Tyneside for an afternoon of sci-fi fun.

The intergalactic creatures, from TV show Doctor Who, were at Hebburn Community Centre, in Argyle Street, for a Dalek Day on Saturday.

The special visit was part of Scifair, a monthly event for science fiction fans in the region.

The event, which raised funds for the Stroke Association, saw stalls selling comic books, sci-fi merchandise and other memorabilia.

Three Daleks, named Bruce, Spike and Dalek Tel, were at the event to pose for pictures, as well as Storm Troopers, Judge Dredd and other characters.

Sci-fi fans and dealers came from across the region, with some even coming dressed as their favourite characters, including the Doctor, from Doctor Who.

SCI-FI FUN ... Daleks invaded Hebburn Community Centre for an afternoon of sci-fi fun.

SCI-FI FUN ... Daleks invaded Hebburn Community Centre for an afternoon of sci-fi fun.

Event organiser, Keith Lawler, said: “I was worried that the weather might put people off because it’s a bit windy outside but we’ve had a good turn out and it’s been a lot of fun.

“Everyone has smiles on their faces, even the ones who have come face-to-face with the Daleks.

“This is our third year of doing Sci-fi and we see a lot of familiar faces coming back every time and people seem to enjoy it. We try to do one event a month rather than just doing a couple of big ones.

“There’s always a great atmosphere, especially when we do our special events like Dalek Day.”

There’s always a great atmosphere, especially when we do our special events like Dalek Day.

Keith Lawler

Trader Steven Rodda, from Sunderland, was selling memorabilia from the likes of The Simpsons and Doctor Who from his private collection.

He said: “I go to about 10 of these events every year. They’re always really well run and people enjoy themselves, especially the kids who love seeing the people dressed up in costumes.”

Kevin Blakey, of South Shields, was selling sweets, badges, and pictures among other things.

He said: “I come to the sci-fi club here every Saturday and this is my first time selling the sweets but they seem to be going down well.

SCI-FI FUN ... Daleks invaded Hebburn Community Centre for an afternoon of sci-fi fun.

SCI-FI FUN ... Daleks invaded Hebburn Community Centre for an afternoon of sci-fi fun.

“These events are always a lot of fun, especially for the kids.”

Rosalind Saul, 29, came to the event from Newcastle.

She said: “I’m starting up my own blog about sci-fi and cosplay events in the North East so decided to come along and check this one out because I haven’t been before.

“It’s good to see things like this in the local community, especially if it’s raising money for charity.”

Angela Long visited the event with her husband, Simon and children Emma, seven, and Alex, five.

The 35-year-old, from Washington, said: “We’ve been going to these events for three years now. Alex is really into Star Wars and Doctor Who, and we’re big fans too so we always have a lot of fun.”

Graham Holland, from Newcastle, was there with his sons Oscar, six, and three-year-old Alfie, who dressed for the occasion as Stormtroopers.

He said: “These events really get the youngsters involved and the boys love it. There’s always a great atmosphere and lots of friendly people.”

A Scifair pop-up shop will be at Hawthorn Arts, in Westoe Road, South Shields, on Saturday, March 21. Entry is free.

The next Scifair event is at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, in Ocean Road, on Saturday, April 4, from noon to 3.30pm.

Entry is free and dealers can reserve a table for £16 by calling 549 9350.

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