Watch: Star Wars fans rave over The Force Awakens as Norfolk cinemas are packed out

UEA Professor Dr Tom Phillips who has been undertaking a research project into the buzz surrounding

UEA Professor Dr Tom Phillips who has been undertaking a research project into the buzz surrounding the new Star Wars franchise outside Odeon Riverside, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

A ten-year wait ended on Thursday as thousands of Star Wars fans finally got to see The Force Awakens.

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Earlier this week Norfolk's cinemas reported unprecedented demand for tickets, as the first Star Wars move in ten years was met with rave reviews.

And the first fans to see the movie had a late night with the earliest screening at 00:01 on Thursday morning.

Jason Buxton, 46, from the Norwich Star Wars of Suffolk club said: 'I've not heard one bad thing said about it (the movie) yet,' he said. I've had a lot of friends see it and they've all said it's absolutely brilliant.'

Ahead of the midnight screenings in the early hours of Thursday, Jason and other club members were decked out in full Star Wars regalia at the Odeon IMAX in Norwich, keeping queuing crowds entertained and collecting for charity.

He believes people have felt the force of Star Wars' potential around the world and this is what has given the franchise such an enduring appeal.

'I think it's because everyone can relate in some way to Star Wars from their personal life,' he said.

There are dozens of showings of the film in Norfolk today. Find out when they are here.

•This page will be updated with more reaction today

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