FEEL THE FORCE:
Star Wars invades shopping centre
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