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Star Wars legend shows up at top Northern Ireland restaurant

By Jonathan Bell

Not that long ago in a restaurant not so far away a Star Wars legend showed up for his dinner.

Star Wars creator George Lucas swapped the Cantina at Mos Eisley for the more welcoming surroundings of Holywood's Noble.

"Holywood not Hollywood," the restaurant tweeted.

Saul McConnell was tight-lipped on the film producer's visit to his award-winning restaurant on Thursday.

"We were told it was a VIP but not who it was," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

Lucas is one of Hollywood's greatest film producers. Since the 1970s many children right across the world have tried to use the force to move things after his Star Wars first hit cinemas. The franchise, which is now owned by Disney, has so far spawned nine films with the latest one to be released in 2019.  Lucas was also responsible for the Indiana Jones films.

Saul continued: "He and his party had a lovely bite to eat, they enjoyed themselves and he was very obliging to have his picture taken with some of the staff.

"There was a great buzz.

"We have been bound to confidentially, but like all our customers we want them to enjoy their meal in private and we hope Mr Lucas had a good time and felt at home in Holywood."

Asked what he'd recommend a weary traveller that may have travelled a long way in a "bucket of bolts," Saul replied: "Only the best food."

"We've been very lucky, what with Game of Thrones to have a few celebrities drop in and we just work to make sure they enjoy themselves."

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