Cambridgeshire

Star Wars explained in touch and smell at Peterborough event

Alexander, 2, meets Chewbacca Image copyright Terry-Harris.com
Image caption Alexander, aged two, meets Chewbacca from the Star Wars films

Star Wars actor Warwick Davis was among more than 2,000 people to attend a film and television fans' convention that uses touch, smell and texture.

The Feel the Force Day took place at the Kingsgate Centre in Peterborough.

Co-founder JJ Lucia-Wright was inspired to help organise it after spending the past 10 years teaching a friend who is deaf and blind about Star Wars.

He believes it is the only film and television convention in the UK to focus upon sensory experiences.

Image copyright Terry-Harris.com
Image caption Adam Torrens, from March, in Cambridgeshire was thrilled to meet C-3PO at the sci-fi conference
Image caption Warwick Davis was able to attend after filming for the latest Star Wars film was cancelled for the day

People attending were encouraged to stroke a Wookiee, sniff the scent of the Millennium Falcon and hug Princess Leia.

The convention featured costumed re-enactors from other films as well as the Star Wars franchise.

Mr Lucia-Wright uses the deafblind alphabet to share his Star Wars knowledge with his friend Jimmy O'Hare.

The deafblind alphabet is a manual system in which different taps on a hand spell out the letters of the alphabet and are used to create words.

Image copyright Terry-Harris.com
Image caption JJ Lucia-Wright watches as his friend Jimmy O'Hare gets to grips with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
Image caption JJ Lucia-Wright wants to help people with disabilities share experiences able bodied people take for granted

Mr Lucia-Wright said it was a slow process. "I've touched on space ships, what's real and what's not real - but we've not really done the stories yet," he said.

Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, was an unexpected visitor, after filming for Star Wars: Episode VII - being directed by JJ Abrams - was cancelled.

He said: "Fortunately I could pop in as it was either JJ Abrams or JJ Lucia-Wright."

Image caption The organisers hope other sensory film and TV conventions will be held elsewhere in the UK

Fellow organiser Si Howard said he set up a charity, 1st Sensory Legion, to create events such as this for people with sensory disabilities after Mr Lucia-Wright approached him for help.

It is the second time they have organised this sort of convention.

The first, held last year, focused on Star Wars and the organisers expected 20 people to turn up - but 400 attended.

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites