Actor Warwick Davis will be attending Leicester’s National Space Centre later this month for a charity event celebrating all things Star Wars – the franchise which helped make his name.
Mr Davis portrayed an Ewok called Wicket in the popular space-based saga, which is loved by millions the world over.
He will be attending the National Space Centre’s popular charity weekend on September 17, ‘Return of the Garrison,’ which has been running since 2005.
Mr Davis, who has also appeared in the Harry Potter series, will be joining the legions of Stormtroopers, Droids, Rebels and Jedi at the event, which is designed to raise money for Little People UK, the charity he is patron for.
Over the course of the weekend (September 17-18), there will also be a whole host of the team from Coalville based Palitoy, who were responsible for creating some of the most iconic Star Wars toys from people’s childhoods during the 70s.
Families can also meet Star Wars artists and designers who were responsible for Porgs and BB-8, among many other creations. There is an opportunity to help build a huge diorama, make planet jewellery, learn to wield a lightsaber, see replica sets and sit on a speeder bike.
Malika Andress, spokesperson for the National Space Centre, said; “It is great to tell a Leicestershire story for such a world famous and iconic franchise. I saw the first Star Wars film when I was 5 years old, and it captured my imagination, I truly believed in the Force. I see children coming along to Return of the Garrison and I see that wonderment in the next generation, introduced to them by equally excited and enthusiastic parents and grandparents.
“Star Wars is there for children, families and adults, the icing on the cake is that on this occasion we are using the power of the Dark Side to raise money for charity, just don’t tell Darth Vader!”
To find out more about the event, visit: https://spacecentre.co.uk/