Belfast Telegraph

Star Wars convention goes down a storm at Odyssey

By Joanne Sweeney

The Force was strong for hundreds of Star Wars enthusiasts over the weekend.

Jedi Knights - young and old - managed to resist the Dark Side at the Odyssey, Belfast, in a special Star Wars convention hosted over two days.

The Emerald Garrison, Ireland's premier Stars Wars costuming club, took over W5 and provided families with a chance to see a free special exhibition.

The volunteers make their own replica costumes and appear at events all over the island to raise money for charity.

Grandmother-of-four Liz Stevenson, from Bangor, is one of the senior members of the Emerald Garrison and made her own costume as well as several Ewoks for the exhibition.

Storm Trooper John Thompson, an electrician from Larne, said that he paid around £1,000 for his costume.

Actor David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, was there along with actor Anthony Forrest who played a Sand Trooper. They posed for photographs and gave autographs at £20 a time to the eager waiting fans.

"I love Belfast, it's great and I've been here several times before," David said.

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