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Hundreds of Discworld fans join celebration

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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FANS of Terry Pratchett's Disc-world descended on Wincanton at the weekend to mark the festive period in their own inimitable way.

Bernard Pearson, partner of the Discworld Emporium, which has organised the annual Hogswatch event for the past 12 years, said that so many Discworld fans turned up for the celebration that "there literally was no more room to be had in any inn, hotel or guest-house".

He said: "The event was a resounding success and the largest by far in the 12 years the Emporium has been holding them."

Fans came to meet Sir Terry Pratchett from Australia, America, Germany, Iceland, Italy, France, Finland, Ireland, and Sweden as well as from all over the UK.

Reb Voyce of the Discworld Emporium thought that there were at least 800 visitors who had come to join Sir Terry Pratchett enjoy this year's festivities.

Mr Pearson added: "Not only was this event a celebration of Christmas – well Hogswatch to Discworld readers – but also it marked 30 years of Discworld books being published.

"With more than 85 million books being sold worldwide and millions of fans and readers enjoying them it was a celebration indeed."

As part of the weekend-long celebrations The Discworld Emporium held its charity auction, this year raising £3,886 was raised for Research into Care for the Elderly in Bath.

A further £633 was raised by the Emporium to answer an appeal by King Arthur's Community School in Wincanton for money for books.

Mr Pearson said that as books were at the very heart of their business they felt duty bound to help. A rare proof copy of a Discworld book sold at auction for £400and fans raised a further £263 from various activities.

Mr Pearson added: "A spokesman for Sir Terry told us he had enjoyed himself hugely and once again was so impressed in the way that Wincanton offers such friendship and hospitality to his fans."

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