Star Wars fans take up a stellar cause at Norwich cinema

Star Wars preview at the Odeon Cinema in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Star Wars preview at the Odeon Cinema in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Star Wars fans will use 'the force' of human kindness to raise money for a children's charity.

Star Wars preview at the Odeon Cinema in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Star Wars preview at the Odeon Cinema in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

About 20 to 30 members of the Norwich Star Wars Club will dress up as characters from their favourite film franchise and collect for East Anglia's Children's Hospices at the city's premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The film will be first shown at the Odeon cinema at Riverside at one minute past midnight on Wednesday night, but the club's members will be there from about 7pm for the build-up to the big event.

Jason Buxton, the club's event organiser, said: 'We'll have a lot of members along.

'There should be someone dressed as Darth Vader, plenty of Stormtroppers, Kylo Ren, Rey and some Jedi Knights, and we'll have an R2-D2 roaring around which will be quite cool.

Star Wars preview at the Odeon Cinema in Norwich. Pictured are (from left) David Pye, John Peruzzi,

Star Wars preview at the Odeon Cinema in Norwich. Pictured are (from left) David Pye, John Peruzzi, Luke Gore, Ajay Buxton and Jason Buxton. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

'It's something we really do for the children - they always get a big smile on their face when they see the characters from the film they are about to see.'

Mr Buxton said there was a lot of excitement around Rouge One, which stars Felicity Jones as a rebel fighter on a mission to steal the plans of the Galactic Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star.

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He said: 'The buzz around this film is quite immense - overall I think it's more than Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year.

'It hasn't been as hyped up as much the last one so that's really got people excited.

'But we all know Darth Vader comes back, so that will be a highlight.'

The club will continue their fancy-dress fundraiser at the Odeon on Saturday from 10am to 7pm.

Club is a force for good

They use their love of Star Wars as an opportunity to help others.

Over the past 17 years, the Norwich Star Wars Club has raised more than £100,000 for various charities around the city and further afield.

Mr Buxton said the club had about 70 members in the region, and up to 400 around the world.

He said: 'We travel all over the world doing this, going to big conventions in the US and in Germany, and we're recognised everywhere.

'We do it basically as an entertainment thing for the children, but we adults go out and raise money for charity.

'We have a birthday club, and the kids come along to our meetings and do Jedi training.'

For more information, visit the Norwich Star Wars Club UK Facebook page.

Are you planning an event to mark the new Star Wars film? Email stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

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