121 Force Weekend – Glasgow Science Centre ~ Glasgow – 21st December 2019

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Location
Science Center, Glasgow 11:00 – 14:30

Personnel

Chewbacca Paul Smith Wookie
Jey d’Srow Julie Sword Rebel Pilot
Luke Skywalker Mark McCreadie Jedi Master
Rey Beth Mitchell Jedi

Mission Report
This was a quiet, unremarkable, event with barely a trickle of public throughout the duration although it noticeable was starting to get busier in the last half hour or so before we finished.
Nonetheless I shall remember it, not for doubtless bemusement of whoever will review the customer feedback card singing the praises of Luke and Rey in days to come and not for the priceless reaction of the member of the public who opened the door to our changing area just as we ended a break and got the fright of his life when confronted by Vader, a First Order Trooper, Chewbacca, Luke and an X-Wing Pilot on the other side of it.
While our changing room Porg shenanigans and Team Skywalkers mastery of a cube puzzle will long burn bright in my mind and I won’t be quick to forget Mister McDavid’s constant disappointment that nobody was on the other side of the lift doors all day none of these will remain my overriding memory of the event.

Instead it will be the simple words of newly minted centennial trooper Paul Smith, somehow still fresh from his week of ROS-related events while the rest of us were overly tired and emotional, with his beautiful, wise reminder of why we all do this which brought a lump to my throat and continues even now to moisten my eyes…

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120 Rise of Skywalker – Glasgow Science Centre ~ Glasgow – 20th December 2019

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Location
Science Center, Glasgow 19:00 – 23:00

Personnel

Jey d’Srow Julie Sword Rebel Pilot
Luke Skywalker Mark McCreadie Jedi Master
Rey Beth Mitchell Jedi

Mission Report
This was such an odd event, timing our attendance for the departures from one showing and arrivals for the next then having a massive 2.5 hour break before the public started arriving for the last showing of the day.
Simultaneously alongside, a party night for the staff of some company was taking place in the Science Centre using the same entrance as the cinema meaning that as the night wore on we were getting flybys from people with no interest in Star Wars who were progressively worse for wear.

I’m sure we’ve attended events which have been more egregious over the years, but I struggle to think of any. Not even the option of a free showing was able to jack-knife this one around…

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119 BGCP Kilmarnock Comic Con 2019~ Kilmarnock – 16th November 2019

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Location
The Grand Hall, Kilmarnock 09:00 – 16:00

Personnel

Jeedo Julie Sword Rebel Pilot
Luke Skywalker Mark McCreadie Jedi Master
Macca Starkno Calum Macqueen Jedi Guardian
Obi-Wan Kenobi Alex Dick Jedi Master

Mission Report
I’ve had a couple of near misses with this relatively local Big Glasgow Comic Page event the past few years, but filming and other responsibilities meant I never quite made it along, this time round though, after bravely enduring the vagaries of the Kilmarnock one-way system we found ourselves with a second early, cold, start in as many weeks.
Fortunately, aside from a moment of bravado early on when we ventured near the entrance before realising our misplaced temperature related optimism and an exciting evacuation due to a fire alarm, this weekend we were able to remain entirely in the interior of the venue.

I seem to wax lyrical about how the locations and nature of the BGCP conventions attract a different crowd of families with younger children and convention novices, many of them availing themselves of the opportunity to cosplay, each time I write a field report on one.
Proving this was no exception to that rule this provided a steady, if not overwhelming, flow of attendees throughout the day for many of whom our presence and the opportunity for a photograph was a new experience which makes a pleasant change from many of the reoccurring gigs we attend.

Once again Mr. Macqueen provided a cornucopia of refreshments for the attendees and oversaw the well-appointed changing areas and deserves our gratitude for ensuring the whole day went off without a hitch.

 

Apart from his “poo in the pool” story.

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118 Forbidden Planet – New Store Opening – 9th November 2019

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Location
Forbidden Planet, Glasgow 09:00 – 15:00

Personnel

Chewbacca Paul Smith Wookie
Jey d’Srow Julie Sword Rebel Pilot
Luke Skywalker Mark McCreadie Jedi Master
RLUK Fraser Stevenson Jedi
RLUK Calum Macqueen Crew
RLUK Fraser Boyd Crew

Mission Report
Report begins “You look exactly like Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. Fantastic…” End of report.

(What? Really..? 55 words at least?)

So… Uh… that encounter happened, which was a bit of a boost after 4.5 hours outside in 6 degree temperatures because frankly the shop was too mobbed for us to be inside at any point. Also all the good standing spots had been occupied for the duration by those plastic clad Dark Side wimps who need their blankies and bottles and a nice nap every few hours or they get cranky…

I very much enjoyed standing, glaring, in the cold during this debut outing for the costume for what seemed like a massive number of photos which were taken that day and was delighted to meet the miniature version of my “father” in a frilly skirt, who turned out to be Lucienne, who’s birthday party we were so warmly welcomed at nearly two years previously.

Although there was no opportunity to look around the new shop I’m glad that after circa a decade of Mr. MacPherson keeping the channels open with Forbidden Planet Glasgow that they’ve finally managed to obtain premises more conducive to our collective attendance and will be happy to go back in future for a repeat visit. As long as that future is at a time when the air temperature has climbed into double digits!

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