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Famous faces and thousands of fans make Preston Comic Con 2019 a success

Posted on - 1st September, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Stallholders at Preston Comic Con
Stallholders at Preston Comic Con

Thousands of fans headed to Deepdale Stadium for the annual Preston Comic Con.

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The entertainment and comic book convention, which is usually held at the Guild Hall, got its new home at Preston North End’s home ground of Deepdale.

This year saw an array of Harry Potter stars including Josh Herdman, Jamie Waylett, Chris Rankin and Sally Mortemore. Torchwood star Gareth David-Lloyd, Doctor Who stars Colin Baker and Danny Sapani, and Game of Thrones star Ian McElhinney were all in attendance.

There was a selection of comic book guests too including Beano artist Nigel Parkinson.

Game of Thrones and Derry Girls star, Ian McElhinney, said: “I’ve been to Preston Comic Con before and it’s always been a pleasure. The previous times have been at the Guild Hall so it’s different this time.

“I’ve met the organisers before at other events and the guys are great. You can always trust them.”

Jack meets Ian and Sally
Jack meets Ian and Sally

However, for some of the guests it was their first time attending the event. This included established actress Sally Mortemore who has gained attention from Harry Potter fans for her appearance as Madam Irma Pince in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

She has since gone on to voice the role in the brand new mobile game, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. She is known for her work in theatre and TV as well.

Sally said: “I was here a couple of years back filming for Channel 5’s Elizabeth I, so it’s lovely to be back. Being at Preston Comic Con is just brilliant. It’s amazing how many fans there are and how lovely everyone has been. I am trying to do more comic cons as it’s such a great experience.

“Lending my voice for the new Harry Potter game was great and working with Maggie Smith, Gemma Jones and Zoe Wanamaker again was special.”

The event, which this year took place on Saturday 31 August, is growing ever more popular with fans, in particular as a place for Cosplayers. This is where fans dress up as their favourite characters from film, TV and comics.

There was a wide selection of stalls selling the likes of homemade cakes, handmade Harry Potter merchandise and retro video games. There were also plenty of photo opportunities including the TARDIS from Doctor Who, the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones and a set from Alice in Wonderland.

Organisers Paul Dunne and Neil Livesey said: “The media guests, comic artists, vendors and customers all thoroughly enjoyed the event. We would like to thank everyone who supported the event and made it a huge success.”

Wonky Rocket Events is behind hit comic cons such as Blackburn, Carlisle and St Helens. Due to the success of Preston Comic Con yet again it won’t be long until we have news about next year’s event.

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