HE may come from a galaxy far, far away, but the original Darth Vader Dave Prowse took time away from the Death Star to meet and greet fans for charity.
Scores of people queued up to give themselves to the Dark Side at today’s event at the recently-opened Cineworld multiplex, in Whiteley Shopping Centre.
The veteran actor spent the afternoon signing memorabilia and posing for photos to raise awareness of charity Dreams Come True, which helps children with life-limiting illnesses.
Dave said: ‘I’m very happy to be in down town Whiteley to meet all the Star Wars fans, who turned up in their hundreds to see me, which was marvellous.’
The Dreams Come True charity is trying to raise £50,000 to make dreams happen for 25 children and young people across the UK who are living with life-limiting and serious conditions.
Dave said: ‘I do everything I possibly can to support charities like this, I have three children myself who are grown-up now but I’m only too happy to be in a position where my support helps charities like this.’
Hannah Attenburrow, from the charity, said: ‘It’s been really good. We are a local charity based in Liphook and we’re raising money for our Christmas appeal and need to raise £50,000, which is a lot of money but events like this really help.’
In the queue were father and son Chris and Oliver Bell, from Whiteley. They’d seen the new Star Wars film the night before and were happy to meet Dave.
Oliver, 11, brought along a lightsaber for Dave to sign.
He said: ‘The new film was alright but there were not a lot of lightsaber scenes. But meeting Dave was awesome.’
Also in the queue was Nicola Gunn, 29, from Gosport, who was using her lunchbreak from Nats to enter the charity’s raffle and she was pleased to meet Dave.
She said: ‘He signed my ticket stub from the film. I’m used to seeing him as Darth Vader so it’s a little strange, but I thought the recent film was brilliant.’
Dave said the new Star Wars was ‘well worth’ going to see, but he thought it could be better.
He said: ‘I did enjoy it but I don’t think it had the pizzazz the other Star Wars films had. It could’ve done with a bit more action, but I still enjoyed it.’
Dave also used to front the Green Cross Code campaign, so he reminded people to stay safe and he wished his friends and fans a Merry Christmas.