Alan Flyng

Alan Flyng

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

STEAM at Swindon's Museum of the Great Western Railway

Organised by the excellent Luke of Skywalkers, Swindon, this convention promised to be an attraction for adults and children alike, due to the venue, his fantastic exhibition of Sci-Fi props and costumes and the attendance of a pretty good lineup of Star Wars veterans.

Staged over two days, it will transform into a season of events, but commenced with the Star Wars theme on the 3rd and 4th March 2012. The lineup of guests was pretty comprehensive, including Richard LeParmentier (Admiral Motti), Paul Blake (Greedo), Rusty Goffe (Jawa), Alan Harris (Bossk) and several others.
The signing guests line up for a group shot. From left to right: Pam Rose, Richard LeParmentier,  Paul  Blake, Alan Harris,
Rusty Goffe (in foreground), Ken Coombs, (Mark Penicud), Stephanie English, Alan Flyng and Brian Muir.
The museum housing the exhibition and conventions is a huge space, perfect for this use. We were in a section next to the engine pictured above and were spoilt for space and comfort. Each day there was a steady stream of visitors and masses of children. This pleased all of us and it was wonderful to see that nearly all were extremely well-behaved and responsive to being asked questions. Truly the kids make these events so special - they are the future of the fan base and costuming hobby.

A small unit came to interview us all and Pam preferred to be interviewed with the interviewer on her lap! LOL
It was delightful to meet new costumers trooping this event. The SO16 and Galactic Knights were there as well as two Fem Troopers, both of whom looked great! :)

The first day was capped with a fantastic carvery meal, to which we were all invited and I have to say the meal was absolutely delicious!!!

The second day was as busy as the first and we all had an opportunity to chat with the Steam Museum management, who came to visit us and ask our opinions of the event, which I thought was very nice of them. They, like us, are firmly of the opinion that this event will become a staple of their events seasons to come and I am sure, with Luke at the helm, it will be a major attraction for fans nationwide!