FEEL THE FORCE:

Star Wars in­vades shop­ping cen­tre

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

INTU Uxbridge was in­vaded by a Stormtrooper whose mission was to hunt down the town’s big­gest Star Wars fans. Shop­pers were stunned to see the Ga­lac­tic Em­pire solider pa­trolling the High Street shop­ping cen­tre on bank hol­i­day Mon­day – cel­e­brated in­ter­na­tion­ally as Star Wars Day, which is marked ev­ery year on May the fourth (be with you).

Neil Thomp­son, a spokesman for the shop­ping cen­tre, said: “I think there was a bit of amaze­ment from some peo­ple.

“I don’t know quite what it is about Stormtroop­ers, but ev­ery­one seems to warm to them, de­spite them be­ing the bad guys.”

He added: “It went down re­ally well. It’s been great. A lot of peo­ple have been want­ing self­ies taken with him.

“Young and old alike, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter – Star Wars seems to tran­scend the gen­er­a­tions.”

The ar­mour-clad minion was in town to pro­mote the launch of a one-day ‘Are You Big Into Star Wars?’ com­pe­ti­tion be­ing run by the shop­ping cen­tre ahead of the sched­uled re­lease of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awak­ens on De­cem­ber 18.

Prizes up for grabs in­cluded a fam­ily pass to see the Star Wars at Madame Tus­sauds ex­hi­bi­tion and a toaster that burns Darth Vader’s face onto slices.

En­trants had to show their pas­sion for the epic fan­tasy se­ries, cre­ated by Ge­orge Lu­cas, by shar­ing a selfie, reen­act­ment, piece of art­work, voice im­pres­sion or pic­ture of a me­mora­bilia col­lec­tion with the shop­ping cen­tre through twit­ter, Face­book or Instagram.

Any­one who ‘liked’ any Star Wars-re­lated Face­book post on Mon­day was also put in the run­ning for one of 10 pairs of tick­ets to see the new film be­ing given away by the shop­ping cen­tre.

n TH­ESE AREN’T THE BOOKS YOU ARE LOOK­ING FOR: A Stormtrooper meets shop­pers, poses for self­ies, browses books and charges his mo­bile dur­ing his visit to the intu Uxbridge shop­ping cen­tre

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