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The Sheppey Takeover sci-fi showcase at Barton's Point Coastal Park in Sheerness attracted hundreds of people

05 August 2014
by Emma Grove

Sci-fi characters invaded the Island at the weekend to support an annual fundraiser.

The Sheppey Takeover took place at Barton’s Point Coastal Park, Marine Parade, Sheerness, on Saturday for the third time.

Around 1,500 people are estimated to have gone along to see the costumed fans and a Second World War re-enactment.

Rachel Fullbrook, eight, and Emily Walpole, seven, encounter 'Monkey Trooper' at the Sheppey Takeover sci-fi event

Rachel Fullbrook, eight, and Emily Walpole, seven, encounter 'Monkey Trooper' at the Sheppey Takeover sci-fi event

Special guests were actress Pam Rose who has been in films including Star Wars, Superman and Batman, costumer and actor Alan Flyng, who appeared in Return of the Jedi and Ken Coombs who was also in Star Wars and four James Bond films.

Stu and Diane Potter from the Castle Tavern in Sheerness ran a beer tent and there were steam train rides by Sheppey Model Engineering Society.

David Lee brought his Starsky and Hutch 1973 Ford Gran Torino along, Darren Lacey was there in his Monkey Trooper costume – a unique blend of a Planet of the Apes character and a Star Wars Storm Trooper – and Richard Knights brought along Dave the Dalek.

There were also various craft stalls including Arty Crafty Gift Shop in Sheerness.

It was to raise money for Help for Heroes and the total stands at £150, with much more still to be counted.

Organiser Derek Marsh said: “It was a very good day.

“Lots of people enjoyed it and we will be back the same weekend next year.

“I would like to thank everyone that came along and helped, especially my wife Louise and designer Tom Luckett.”

For more photos, see this week's Sheerness Times Guardian - out Wednesday.

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