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The sci-fi sequel that just gets better

Kate Smith, Tina Ellis and Laurana Ellis
Kate Smith, Tina Ellis and Laurana Ellis

Thousands of science fiction fans from around the country and beyond were in their element when Sci-Fi by the Seaquel returned to the town. Trekkies, alien aficionados and Dr Who devotees descended on Herne Bay Junior School’s field on Sunday for the second annual extravaganza. Organisers from the Bay Promo Team say its success has cemented the event as one of the leading sci-fi conventions in the UK. Celebrity guests included Chris Barrie and Hattie Hayridge from cult TV series Red Dwarf, Darth Vader actor David Prowse, and Dr Who stars Paul McGann and Colin Baker. There were also stands showcasing props, replicas and models, including a 1966 Batmobile, a lift ammatronic T-Rex and the now iconic 35ft inflatable Stay Puft marshmallow man from Ghostbusters. Organiser Gerald McCarthy says:

“It was absolutely fantastic. Several thousands of people came. The queues to get in were enormous. We had families from France and another from Canada who organised their European holiday around the festival. Regulars at sci-fi conventions around the country said ours is the best one, which is very flattering. It’s now a big event on the national sci-fi calendar. People love it because it caters for everyone, even people who don’t like sci-fi. There was something for everyone on the day. As well as the celebrities and props, there were also 130 professional costumers in screen-quality outfits. You’d usually have to go somewhere like Universal Studios to see these characters, so to have them in Herne Bay was great.”

Jack Bowness, six, meets the Riddler (Andrew Edmonds)
Jack Bowness, six, meets the Riddler (Andrew Edmonds)

Mr McCarthy says the idea for the festival came about when orgamsers identified a hotbed of sci-fi activity in the town that had not been tapped into. He said:

“There’s a sci-fi community underbelly in Herne Bay. We discovered enormous collections of props hidden away in people’s homes, so we invited the owners to display them. That had a domino effect in the sci-fi world. We feel like we’ve woken up a sleeping giant.”

Herne Bay Gazette, June 19th 2014

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