WATCH: Star Wars characters make sci-fi fair out of this world

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A SCI-FI fair held yesterday was both out of this world and close at hand.

Science-fiction enthusiasts dressed as Star Wars characters Darth Vader, imperial storm troopers and Ewoks were just some of the unusual sights to be seen at Sunderland’s Seaburn Centre yesterday.

SCI-FI FAIR ... Oliver and Woody Oldroyd meet Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper.

SCI-FI FAIR ... Oliver and Woody Oldroyd meet Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper.

Fans were able to have photographs taken with the characters, as well as browsing at stalls selling a range of collectors’ items including toys, comics and trading cards.

The event was the first of 2015 to be organised by sci-fi fan Keith Lawler, of Sunderland.

Mr Lawler said: “This is the third year we have been running these events now, and, over that time, we have picked up a bit of a following.

“I’ve been a collector since I was a small child, and it’s just a way for people who have the same interests to come together, sell items and have a bit of fun.”

He added: “As well as people coming and hosting stalls, we have those who really get into the spirit and dress up.

“The kids love it, and we always get a good turnout. At some events, we can have anywhere up to 1,000 people through the doors.”

In the past, the events have been held at various times throughout the year, but Mr Lawler now plans to hold them monthly at different venues.

The next one will take place at Hebburn Community Centre, in Argyle Street, on Saturday, March 7, from noon until 4pm.

Visitors will be able to meet a full size Dalek and take part in Doctor Who-related fun.

Entry is free.

To book a stall table, priced £16, call 549 9350, or visit scifair.co.uk for further information.