Skegness goes intergalactic for International Star Wars Day

Are you the droids we're looking for? Image by Martin Brown.
Are you the droids we're looking for? Image by Martin Brown.

An intergalactic battle between the forces of good and evil will be played out in a Skegness shopping centre this May Day bank holiday.

Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers have planned an attack on Luke Skywalker’s loyal droids C3PO and R2D2 during The Hildreds Centre’s International Star War Day celebration on Saturday May the Fourth (be with you).

The centre’s deputy manager and renowned model designer Steve Andrews hopes the event will be one of the most popular interactive displays he has created to date.

“We’ve always followed national and international events like World Book Day, but this time we’ve gone for an intergalactic celebration,” said Steve.

“It’s mainly a bit of fun - we just want people to come and enjoy themselves over the weekend,”

Steve has been busily creating animatronic models of C3PO and R2D2 who will be narrating a seven minute version of the Star Wars story from their display besides Home Bargains.

Throughout the rest of the centre, live action characters dressed as Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers will be attempting to lure shoppers over to the Dark Side.

And Skegness town manager Stefan Krause is set to transform the former Julian Graves health food shop into a ‘dark and mysterious’ Star Wars themed lair, hosting games and exhibitions.

Visitors to the free event are encouraged to dress up in costumes and take part in the drama, which will be lasting all bank holiday weekend, with displays on show until Friday, May 10.

Youngsters involved with producing a multilingual website promoting Skegness and its partner towns within the European transnational network will be filming the action to publicise over the internet.

And as part of the transnational project, the Reverend Fran Jeffries is inviting young people aged between 15 and 28 to a free lunch at St Matthew’s Church from 11am on the Monday, after which they will be given their ‘intergalactic mission’ to carry out in the town under Darth Vader’s watchful eye.

The young Dark Side converts will also receive an ‘intergalactic certificate’ upon completion of their mission.

It is hoped the festivities will tap into the international Star Wars celebrations taking place all over the world, which have grown increasingly widespread over recent years.

Steve hopes quirky sights such as Stormtroopers enjoying an icecream on Skegness beach, or two Darth Vaders battling with light sabres could become a viral sensation.

Mr Krause will also be using the event to launch a new mobile phone app created in partnership with Visit the Seaside’s Martin Brown to promote attractions and businesses in Skegness to a potential audience of millions of smartphone users.

To book your place on the transnational Star Wars mission contact Revd Jeffries on 01754 763875.