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Darth Vader and fellow Star Wars characters visit Leek for Totally Locally Weekend Supplement

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper checks out the Leek Post & Times.

  • May The Forth Be With You in Leek.

  • Some of the wares on offer over the Weekend Supplement.

  • Jodie Faulkner on her 'Lu Lu Little Shop of Treasures' at the Roebuck Vintage Fair.

  • Sarah Bloore of 'Pin Up Curl' creates a forties 'up do' for Lianda Henderson.

  • Darth Vader and co out and about in Leek.

  • Totally Locally co-ordinator Marc Briand is 'held hostage' by the Star Wars characters.

  • The Star Wars crew in Leek town centre.

  • The Weekend Supplement was a success in Leek town centre.

  • The Star Wars crew in Getliffe's Yard in Leek.

  • The Star Wars characters checking out some handbags in a Leek shop.

  • Darth Vader meets butcher Ian Meakin.

  • The crew gain quite a following on their walk. Inset, Darth Vader reads the Post & Times.

  • Jude Sheldon and his dad Nick meet the Star Wars crew.

  • The Stormtrooper 'on guard' in Leek town centre.

  • Richard Heath shows the Star Wars crew around his Classic Collectables shop.

  • Darth Vader draws money out from a 'hole in the wall'...

  • Darth Vader pours a pint for Nick Bradstreet, the landlord at The Roebuck.

  • The Star Wars crew in Leek's Butter Market.

  • Patrolling Leek's Trestle Market.

  • With stall holder Dennis Salt in Leek's Butter Market.

  • In Sparrow Park, Derby Street, Leek.

  • Chewbacca does a bit of shopping at Bibelot.

  • Stormtrooper on guard at The Foxlowe Arts Centre.

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A dark character caused quite a stir in Leek at the weekend during a special shopping extravaganza.

Darth Vader, from the iconic film series Star Wars, was seen roaming the streets of the town at the weekend as part of the Totally Locally special Weekend Supplement event.

It took Darth Vader, and his companions Chewbacca and Stormtrooper, an hour to get along the length of Derby Street, as fans stopped them to have their photographs taken with the characters.

The visit was a celebration of the International Star Wars Day of 'May The Fourth be With You' and coincided with Totally Locally's Weekend Supplement, which saw many local makers offering their wares from stalls erected in the town centre, as well as independent shops opening their doors all weekend.

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Some shops, such as Bibelot and Cabbage Rose, hosted Star Wars themed workshops, while The Roebuck pub in Derby Street staged a Vintage Fair.

Totally Locally co-ordinator Marc Briand, who escorted the Star Wars crew around Leek town centre on both days, said: "The weekend was a great success.

"I didn't realise that having Darth Vader and co in town would cause such a stir.

"It took us an hour to get along Derby Street on Saturday due to all the people who wanted to meet the characters. At times, it felt like we were the Pied Piper with all the people following us."

As an avid fan of Star Wars himself, Marc added: "It was a real joy for me to see everyone happy to meet the characters.

"Both adults and children alike were enthusiastic to meet them.

"We had hundreds of people who had their picture taken with the characters.

"I think people were surprised that such an event would happen in Leek – but it just goes to show what can happen in our town.

"It was good to have so many activities going on in Leek for the start of Leek Arts Festival.

"The shops and town centre were busy all weekend."

Totally Locally Leek's next large-scale event is set to be in October when the Sunday Supplement falls on Halloween, and Marc hopes to enlist some other unusual characters to visit the town.

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