Alan Flyng

Alan Flyng

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Geek Fest, Folkestone, Kent 10 May, 2014

After returning from France and the thoroughly enjoyable show in Amelie les Bains, I was anticipating this event with mixed feelings! Not that I thought it might not be successful, but because I had notice of an operation just six days later. THAT made me feel anxious!

As it turned out, the arrangements for this show were flawless! I couldn't have been happier with the treatment given by Andy and his team. I met Pam and many other signers congregated in the Green Room below the hall and had a chat and a cup of tea before going up to lay our my wares. Traders, signers, helpers - the whole hall was buzzing as the show opening time approached. With door opening time came a rush of visitors and I was immediately set to signing posters and photos.Indeed, until lunchtime it was pretty hectic!

Five minutes into the show and the place is filling up!
Throughout the day, we were attended to with offers of drinks, a goody-bag and food. I cannot praise the attention to detail enough that Andy and his crew afforded us! There were many costumers I had never seen before with some outrageous, as well as, brilliantly made costume characters. I was particularly taken with a group of Planet of the Apes primates making the rounds and intriguing children and adults alike with their japes.I couldn't resist a photo opportunity with them - a case of 'Spot the Monkey'.

We primates are in it together!!!

It was good to catch up with Dave Prowse again before his operation on his patella (13/5/2014) and I wished him luck. He has had one hell of a time with his leg, but, being the true pro he is, he never complains, just gets on with it! Apart from a brief walk around the floor to say hello to friends and the occasional 'pit stop', I never left my seat as the day kept up momentum until late afternoon. Below are a few of the sights I was able to catch on camera....

I know, but I couldn't resist!!! :-)

Plenty of well-stocked dealers.

I was taken by this chap's likeness to Michael Palin! When we chatted, I
could have sworn it was a 'You've Been Framed' moment! LOL

Dave Prowse and Julian, his helper.

When shall we three meet again? James D. Payne, Peter Roy and
Paul Markham - three veterans of the film business and friends.

Pam gets her man (another one! LOL).

Apes on the loose!
All in all, I have to say it was one of the most enjoyable events I have attended this year and I certainly intend to come back again, if asked!

Excellent latex mask and hands! Very creepy indeed!!!

Beautiful work!

Peter Roy, Pam Rose and Ken Coombs.

So, there you have it! Look out for Planet Folkestone and Geek Fest announcements on Facebook for their next offering! You won't regret it...........

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