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Are you game? Town gears up for first convention




Thetford Town Council is set to host its first games convention- hoping it will be an annual event on the town’s calendar.

The Thetford Games Convention, on August 17, will bring the immersive world of gaming to the town.

The event is the brainchild of the council's venue and events co-ordinators, Tom Scott and Joe Cunnell.

Tom said: "The idea actually came up during my interview for the job, they looked at my previous experience with hosting event like this and asked if we could do a Thetford Games convention here and that is what we are trying to do."

Joe Cunnell and Tom Scott want to make the Thetford Games Convention 'a regular date in the town's calendar' Picture by Mecha Morton
Joe Cunnell and Tom Scott want to make the Thetford Games Convention 'a regular date in the town's calendar' Picture by Mecha Morton

Tom has vast experience and contacts in the gaming world, having set up events including one at the start of this month at the Emirates Stadium, in London, for around 800 gamers.

Joe has already tested the water for an event like this in the town, when he rented out The Carnegie, in Cage Lane, in 2017, which he said was 'a good starter and really popular'.

This year, apart from the main attractions in The Carnegie, there will be table-top gaming in the Guildhall and various gaming stalls in the market place too.

Tournaments on the day will include Mario Kart, building the best and most creative house with Mincraft, Fortnite, as well as one for cosplayers and potential singing talent.

Joe said: “We are asking singers to download the Twitch app and send us in videos of them performing, on either @TheCarneigeThetford on Facebook / @Thetfordtown on Twitter, and we will select a few to come to the event and perform on stage for a cash prize.”

Two major attendees already signed up for the convention are One Life Left gaming cafe from Norwich and and the Museum of Computing History from Cambridge.

Tom said; "A lot of events in the town are focussed for older people, there is nothing wrong with that, but I wanted there to be an event for the younger generation.

"We hope to make it an annual town event, like the Soapbox Challenge, and make it a regular date in the town's calendar."

To buy tickets and more information, go to bit.ly/TGCon2019



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