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Bromley science-fiction convention blasts off

PUBLISHED: 09:56 17 November 2015

Actors Paul Warren (left) and Jami Reid-Quarrell

Actors Paul Warren (left) and Jami Reid-Quarrell

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The borough’s first sci-fi convention was held on Saturday

Bromley’s first ever science fiction convention saw hundreds attend over the weekend.

The event was held on Saturday in aid of the Mayor of Bromley and her charities, with organisers branding the event a huge success.

Families and sci-fi geeks alike attended the convention in the Great Hall at Bromley’s Civic Centre, with cosplayers dressing up as their favourite characters from the world of science fiction.

Among the attractions on the day were Droids from Star Wars, Doctor Who’s Daleks, and a collection of replica props from Thunderbirds, Stargate and HG Wells’ The Time Machine.

Following the convention during the day, the Great Hall hosted a concert performance from the Lewisham Concert Band, led by conductor Ben James.

The band played a host of some of the most iconic science fiction themes, from Star Wars to War of the Worlds.

Money raised from the event went to the mayor’s chosen charities, the National Brain Appeal and UK Connect

Event organiser Nicky Barclay, from Talking Box, said: “The whole day was unbelievable, the hall was absolutely packed all day, it only began to quiet down towards the end of the afternoon, when we had to start preparing for the concert.

“It was great to see so many people come along, the mayor of Bromley in attendance as well as mayors from other areas, and all to raise money for some very deserving charities.”

Fans also had the chance to attend panels to discuss science fiction writing, and enter cosplay competitions, as entries competed for the best costume on show.

Mr Barclay expressed his hope that the event’s success would lead to another next year.

He said: “We’ve had already had a response from people asking if we can do it again next year, it looks set to become an annual event.”

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