‘It’s where all us geeks can get together’ - great response to Norwich sci-fi convention

Nor-Con 8 takes place at The Norfolk Showground Arena over September 29-30.

Nor-Con 8 takes place at The Norfolk Showground Arena over September 29-30. - Credit: Archant

The organiser of a Norwich science fiction convention has been 'blown away' by the fantastic response from the public and insisted it will be back for more of the same next year.

Tim Russ from Star Trek Voyager, Louis Cordice from the Harry Potter series and Ryan Gage from The Hobbit were among some of the star names which helped bring NOR-CON to life at the Norfolk Showground this weekend.

The annual science fiction spectacular, which started in 2009, has moved to the Norfolk Showground and was last year extended from a one day event to a two day show.

Mark Dean, director of Nor-Con Events Limited, said this year's event has been one of the best yet. He said: 'This year's Norcon has just blown us away. It's been fantastic. We've had increased numbers in, smiling faces, we've had overwhelmingly positive comments not just from visitors but traders.'

Mr Dean said Norcon would definitely be back next year - for its ninth incarnation - while plans were also being prepared for the year after, the 10th Norcon when 'something special' was being planned.

Nor-Con 8 takes place at The Norfolk Showground Arena over September 29-30.

Nor-Con 8 takes place at The Norfolk Showground Arena over September 29-30. - Credit: Archant


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The Norwich Pops orchestra, which played music from film and TV was one of the Sunday highlights and included a touching tribute to Carrie Fisher, who played Princes Leia in the Star Wars saga but who died at the end of last year.

People also enjoyed the chance to dress up as part of the cosplay competition while there was also a Tardis, trade stands and of course celebrities signing autoraphs, including Terry Molloy, who played Davros in Dr Who.

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He said: 'They (conventions) are good fun, I enjoy them. Certainly from a Dr Who point of view it's like being part of an extended family.'

Jon Campling, from the Harry Potter series, said the event was 'very good' and now well established in what was a 'growth industry' of Sci-fi conventions and comic cons.

Nor-Con 8 takes place at The Norfolk Showground Arena over September 29-30.

Nor-Con 8 takes place at The Norfolk Showground Arena over September 29-30. - Credit: Archant

Lee Nelson, 41, a member of the Norwich Star Wars Club UK, said the event was the only one of its kind in Norwich and so was great to be part of.

He added: 'It's great because it's where all us geeks can get together over a weekend.'

Joleen Azevedo, 37, her partner Rod, 28, and children Marc, 11, and Skye, four, said: 'We've really enjoyed it'.

Star Wars favourites Chewbacca and a Storm Trooper at the 2018 NorCon Sci-Fi Festival at the Norfolk

Star Wars favourites Chewbacca and a Storm Trooper at the 2018 NorCon Sci-Fi Festival at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Mark Dean, director of Nor-Con events, with some Daleks at the 2018 NorCon Sci-Fi Festival at the No

Mark Dean, director of Nor-Con events, with some Daleks at the 2018 NorCon Sci-Fi Festival at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

A family selfie with the Tardis for Grant Baxter and his daughter Imogen, eight, at the 2018 NorCon

A family selfie with the Tardis for Grant Baxter and his daughter Imogen, eight, at the 2018 NorCon Sci-Fi Festival at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Who are you going to call as Ghostbusters Ross Wainwright and nine-year-old Oscar Rosedale set to wo

Who are you going to call as Ghostbusters Ross Wainwright and nine-year-old Oscar Rosedale set to work at the 2018 NorCon Sci-Fi Festival at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Kylie Preece as Lady Savannas called Windrunner from World of Warcraft, at the 2018 NorCon Sci-Fi Fe

Kylie Preece as Lady Savannas called Windrunner from World of Warcraft, at the 2018 NorCon Sci-Fi Festival at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Twins three-year-olds Arya and Noah Thompson become Jedi Knights at the Force Academy at the 2018 No

Twins three-year-olds Arya and Noah Thompson become Jedi Knights at the Force Academy at the 2018 NorCon Sci-Fi Festival at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Tony Herbert in character as Mr Bean, with his wife Amie as Sadness from Pixar's Inside Out, at the

Tony Herbert in character as Mr Bean, with his wife Amie as Sadness from Pixar's Inside Out, at the 2018 NorCon Sci-Fi Festival at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

The Joker (Michael Chapman) and Harley Quinn (Selina Morf) at the 2018 NorCon Sci-Fi Festival at the

The Joker (Michael Chapman) and Harley Quinn (Selina Morf) at the 2018 NorCon Sci-Fi Festival at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

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