Car­rie is our ga­lac­tic hero

Fans pay trib­ute to Star Wars ac­tress

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Movie lovers in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang who had met Car­rie Fisher have paid trib­ute to the star fol­low­ing her tragic death last week.

Best known for play­ing Princess Leia in the orig­i­nal Star Wars tril­ogy, Car­rie passed away on De­cem­ber 27 at the age of just 60.

Just days ear­lier, she had suf­fered a mas­sive heart at­tack on a flight from Lon­don to LA.

Car­rie had at­tended a num­ber of Star Wars cel­e­bra­tion events over the past few years and touched the hearts of all who met her.

Iain McDougall, 34, from Ruther­glen met Car­rie at the Star Wars Cel­e­bra­tion Lon­don event ear­lier this year.

And the for­mer Stonelaw pupil ad­mit­ted it was an ex­pe­ri­ence he will never for­get.

He said: “They al­ways say never meet your idols but Car­rie, even with all her past de­mons, was so sweet and kind while we got a pho­to­graph to­gether.

“You could see in her face how much it meant to her see­ing lit­tle girls dressed as Leia want­ing to meet her.

“But the old rene­gade in her was still strong as she kept leav­ing her photo-shoot to ran­domly go around the con­ven­tion by her­self and meet the fans.

“I think she would have most def­i­nitely been a first crush for a bunch of guys and girls my age, grow­ing up with Star Wars.

“She was ‘the’ princess af­ter all and she al­ways will be in my eyes.”

An­other lo­cal to have met the star was Ewan Al­lan.

In March this year we re­ported the 15-year-old Cathkin pupil had col­lected 500 celebrity au­to­graphs and his dad Stephen this week said Car­rie’s was in his top 10.

He also re­vealed when Ewan met Car­rie, she in­tro­duced him to her beloved dog, Gary: “Ewan met Car­rie Fisher back at an event in Lon­don in 2014 . Like most high-pro­file guests we rarely get time to speak with the stars, but as Car­rie was sign­ing a photo for Ewan he asked what the dog’s name was. She smiled and said ‘this is Gary, he goes ev­ery­where with me’.

“A few hours later, Ewan had a pho­to­graph with Car­rie and sure enough Gary was in the shot. Car­rie did a won­der­ful pose with Ewan and Gary stuck his tongue out.

“We passed Car­rie again at Cel­e­bra­tion Star Wars in Lon­don of Sum­mer 2016 just af­ter we bumped into Gareth Ed­wards by pure fluke. Sure enough, she was car­ry­ing Gary again and gave us a wink as she passed.”

As well as be­ing an iconic ac­tress, Car­rie was also well- known for her writ­ing. She bat­tled ad­dic­tion through­out her ca­reer as well as men­tal ill­ness but her ra­zor-sharp wit and hon­esty won her mil­lions of ad­mir­ers.

She had re­cently ap­peared in the sev­enth Star Warts movie, The Force Awak­ens, and will ap­pear in episode eight later this year.

Star struck Cathkin High pupil Ewan Al­lan with Car­rie Fisher and her beloved dog Gary

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