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Photos: Sci-fi villains are a force for charity good

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: April 19, 2012

  • ALIEN CROSSING: Feared Dr Who villains the Daleks cross South Western Terrace to get to the Yeo Leisure Park celebrations.

  • DARK SIDE: Members of the 501st UK Garrison Star Wars costume group with organiser Paul Andrews and Sarah Cherry.

  • DR WHO?: Siblings Joseph Pengelly 10, Charlie Pengelly, 6, and Jazzmine Pengelly, 11, of Yeovil with the Daleks.

  • Phantom menaces: Ethan Walrond, 8, and his sister Ellie May, of High Ham, are confronted by Darth Vader, centre, a Snowtrooper, left, and a Stormtrooper, right. Pictures by Laura Jones and Jennie Banks.

  • Hunger Strikes Back: It is hungry work trying to take over the Galaxy and defeat the Rebel Alliance in one day.

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FAMOUS faces from the world of sci-fi swapped the nuclear wasteland of Skaro and the ice planet of Hoth for Yeovil last week.

Dr Who villains the Daleks invaded the town centre as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of Yeo Leisure Park on Thursday.

An afternoon of celebrations took place at the leisure park with a 5k charity run and a laser display. The public were able to get up close to the feared aliens and meet the Doctor. All the money raised on the day was donated to St Margaret's Hospice.

Then on Saturday, Stormtroopers from Star Wars hit the high street to raise money for Yeovil District Hospital's Flying Colours Appeal.

Bemused shoppers were confronted by Darth Vader and a small a small army of troops as they wondered up Middle Street.

But this time the Galactic Empire were a force for good, raising £946.35.

The UK Garrison, the world's largest and most accurate Star Wars costuming and re-enactment group, support the Flying Colours Appeal because Paul Andrews, a Yeovil-based member, had twins who were cared for in the Special Care Baby Unit which forms part of the Women's Hospital and is one of the facilities in line to be upgraded using funds raised from the appeal.

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