Wigan town centre will host a number of vibrant events next month, starting with Comic Con and a special guest appearance from the real Darth Vader.
Wigan Council has teamed up with local company, Nwcc Event, a company that brings the internationally renowned Comic Con splendour to areas across the North West, to encourage marvel fans to enjoy the ‘Guardians of the Galleries’ event on Saturday 1st September, 9am-5pm on the first floor of The Galleries.
Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy actor, Spencer Wilding, will be at the free event to meet fans and there will be appearances from Ironman’s Hulkbuster and Transformers’ Bumblebee.
Guardians of the Galleries is the first of a string of events taking place in Wigan town centre during September including the annual Diggers Festival and Wigan 10k.
Leader of the council and portfolio holder for economy and regeneration, Councillor David Molyneux said: “Comic Con is an internationally celebrated convention and people travel far and wide to experience their local marvel event.
“It’s fantastic that we have a company based in Wigan that is passionate about creating events inspired by Comic Con, which are affordable and accessible.
“To have Spencer Wilding confirmed for the event is also very exciting as he is well respected and extremely well known as a special character actor, also appearing in Harry Potter and Dr. Who.
“Arranging this vibrant and creative event demonstrates our commitment to supporting the local economy, increasing footfall in the town centre and rejuvenating The Galleries shopping centre.
“We look forward to seeing people really enjoy the day and go all out with a costume!”
The free event will bring vibrancy to the first floor of the newly acquired Galleries shopping centre, where there will be a range of stalls and stands selling TV, film, comic and gaming related products, collectables and artwork.
Paul Prescott from Nwcc Events said: “I’m really proud to work with the council to put this event on in my home town. I love Wigan and I want nothing more than to see it thrive. I’d love to return to Wigan with my toys and collectables business.
“It’s a pleasure to organise this event knowing it will be free to the public and I hope local people and visitors from surrounding areas make the most of the day and our event.”
The weekend following Comic Con will see the annual Wigan 10k race (Sunday 9th September) held in the town centre and there’s still time to sign up and raise money for a range of causes.
And, the borough’s first Food Fest on the Square will take place on Saturday 22nd September in the Galleries by Wigan Market, where visitors will be treated to food stalls brought by the company behind the extremely successful Haigh Foodie Friday.
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