Trekkies beam down to NEC!
SOLIHULL boldly went where nobody has been before last weekend – with Captain James T Kirk at the helm.
Trek legend William Shatner was the biggest of the big names at Europe’s official Star Trek convention.
Thousands of fans have beamed down to Solihull’s NEC for the threeday extravaganza.
Such has been its popularity, however, that there have been complaints about queuing for the main attractions.
Shatner, the original Captain Kirk and now aged 87, chatted with Trekkies, signed autographs and posed for photos with fans.
Other big stars included the original Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, with whom Shatner famously filmed TV’s first- ever inter- racial kiss.
But the convention also paid tribute to Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and, the most recent, Discovery.
There was also the world premiere of new Deep Space Nine documentary What We Left Behind, hosted by stars from the show.
And there was a special exhibition of props from the “mirror world” featured in Netflix Star Trek prequel, Discovery.
It is not all make- believe. Such is the status of the event that the European Space Agency has sent along real- life space flight boffins.
Among them is Andrea Boyd. When astronauts call Earth, Andrea answers.
Stationed at the European Astronaut Centre, she works in Mission Control as link to the International Space Station.
And, of course, she’s a Star Trek fan, too.
“I first learned the word ‘ engineer’ while watching Voyager,” she says.
Trekkies were out in force at the NEC last weekend. Below right, William Shatner, who played Captain James T Kirk, talking to a fan