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Force is with Star Wars characters as they greet fans at premiere

PUBLISHED: 22:15 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:35 14 December 2017

Members of Norwich Star Wars Club UK were out in force for the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Picture: Norwich Star Wars Club UK

Members of Norwich Star Wars Club UK were out in force for the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Picture: Norwich Star Wars Club UK

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Cinema-goers in Norwich were greeted by some familiar faces at the premiere of the new Star Wars film.

R2D2 made an appearance at the Odeon, Riverside. Picture: Norwich Star Wars Club UKR2D2 made an appearance at the Odeon, Riverside. Picture: Norwich Star Wars Club UK

Around 20 costumed members of Norwich Star Wars Club UK (NSWCUK) descended upon the Odeon Cinema at Riverside for the first screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The intergalactic rabble patrolled the cinema, posing for pictures with fans and collecting money on behalf of Norwich mental health charity Mind.

The club raised £800 last year for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and has raised more than £120,000 for charity since its conception in 2005.

David Pye, chairman of NSWCUK, said he had been eagerly awaiting the premiere.

Members of Norwich Star Wars Club UK were out in force for the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Picture: Norwich Star Wars Club UKMembers of Norwich Star Wars Club UK were out in force for the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Picture: Norwich Star Wars Club UK

He said: “I have religiously avoided all the trailers so that I can go in blind with a fresh view of things. I have no idea of the story lines. It’s very exciting, we’re loving it.”

However, Mr Pye said it was also quite a sad occasion for Star Wars fans.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it with some trepidation because obviously tonight is the last screening of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, which is a bit upsetting. They may CGI her into another movie, but this is the last one she actually acted in, so that will be a bittersweet moment for Star Wars fans.”

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Mr Pye said a great range of characters were attending the premiere, although some were held up in traffic.

He said: “Darth Vader is here, R2D2, two Stormtroopers at the moment, a clone trooper, a rebel pilot, a Jedi and a Death Star gunner is patrolling about. I don’t think Chewbacca is joining us tonight, but I believe Princess Leia and a few more troopers are on the train. Boba Fett is coming out shortly too. So we’ve got characters covering all the 
films.”

Mr Pye acted as the designated supervisor for the evening, and said he had his sympathies for the Stromtroopers.

He said: “I’m not dressed up because someone has to supervise. A lot of these costumes don’t allow for great visibility, so I have to make sure R2D2 doesn’t trip over or anything like that.

“Unfortunately for the Stormtroopers, their attire feels hot in the warm weather and cold in the winter weather, so they can’t win really.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second offering from the sequel trilogy.

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