Darth Vader to bring the dark side of the force to Bury St Edmunds

David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, is visiting Bury St Edmunds on October 25 and 26 ANL-141014-150602001
David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, is visiting Bury St Edmunds on October 25 and 26 ANL-141014-150602001
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One of Hollywood’s greatest movie villains is attending the opening of this year’s Sci-Fi exhibition at Moyse’s Hall.

David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, is visiting the exhibition between October 25 and 26 to meet the public, sign autographs and pose for photographs.

David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, is visiting Bury St Edmunds on October 25 ANL-141014-143237001

David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, is visiting Bury St Edmunds on October 25 ANL-141014-143237001

“I’m very much looking forward to meeting the people of West Suffolk,” he said.
“The Moyse’s Hall exhibition sounds impressive, most impressive, and I am looking forward to meeting Star Wars, and science fiction fans, from all over the region.”

Lance Alexander, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s TIC and Heritage Operations Manager said: “The original Star Wars film helped spawn the whole sci-fi as blockbuster genre and Darth Vader is one of the most iconic sci-fi villains in cinema history.

“To honour his presence, we will also have 15-20 cosplayers in Star Wars costumes at the museum, including Stormtroopers, Princess Leia and of course, Lord Vader.”

As well as having the chance to meet the man behind the famous black mask, visitors will be able to see a host of science fiction costumes, props, toys and memorabilia and the chance to meet Doctor Who’s fourth assistant Leela, played by Louise Jameson, the following weekend.

Lance said: “We’re very excited about this year’s exhibition and to have stars from both Star Wars and Doctor Who come along is something very special.”

Last year’s exhibition saw more than 2,500 visitors with some fans travelling from as far away as Australia to attend the event.