Darth Vader isn’t Jayden Kent’s father – but Chewbacca was his brother at his eighth birthday party.
Levi Kent dressed up as the Wookie warrior to surprise Jayden at Reel Cinema in Fareham, where the birthday boy was joined by his family, eight of his friends from Brockhurst Junior School, Gosport, and the infamous Sith Lord.
After watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Darth Vader entered during the credits and surprised Jayden and all his friends.
Jayden’s mum Tammy, 40, from Gosport, organised the surprise.
She says: ‘Jayden and his friends sat at the back of the cinema in the VIP seats – it was very sweet.
“Jayden absolutely adores Star Wars, and we were all cheering during the film.
“When the credits came on, I could see the shiny helmet and lightsaber as Darth Vader came in and Jayden’s face lit up, he was so surprised.’
After showing Jayden the force, Darth escorted the party guests out of the auditorium, where some tables and party food had been set up by Jayden’s sister Victoria, 21, and presented him with an R2D2 cake.
After Levi greeted his brother, Tammy says he ‘mysteriously disappeared, and then a few moments later Chewbacca arrived’.
‘Jayden was talking to Darth Vader and then he turned around and Chewbacca was there.
‘He almost jumped out of his skin!’ she says.
Unsurprisingly, Jayden received lots of Star Wars-themed gifts for his birthday, including Lego figures that Tammy says are sitting in pride of place on the family fireplace.