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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Hundreds attend Megacon event in Carlisle

Sci-fi characters rubbed shoulders with superheroes at Megacon, an annual event that bills itself as a celebration of “all things nerd”.

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Caroline Stewart dressed as Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas

More than 700 people flocked to Richard Rose Central Academy in Carlisle to meet like-minded folk with a fascination for comics, science fiction, Manga, fantasy and gaming.

Originally called Recon, it began as an in-store event at Waterstones book shop but was renamed Megacon when it expanded and moved to the Central Academy two years ago.

Organiser Levi McGlinchey, who works at Waterstones book shop, said: “The health and safety people made us move because it was so popular. We get more and more people every year.

“It’s very local and community based but we get people coming from Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland and last year we had somebody from Ireland.”

Saturday’s entertainment included competitions, gaming tournaments, workshops, talks, and stalls.

There was a strong contingent from west Cumbria, including three sinister-looking Umbrella soldiers from the video game Resident Evil.

Inside the suits were Matt Jones, 28, and Liam Taylor and Jack Brown, both 19, all from Whitehaven.

Matt said: “It’s a good place to get similar-minded people together.

“There isn’t anything else like this in Cumbria, the nearest conventions are in Manchester and Glasgow.

“It’s good having something local.”

Sam Tatters, 29, from Workington, was in an Iron Man costume she bought from an online boutique.

She said: “It’s a chance to do something interesting and different, rather than conform to the crowd, and to wear what you want to wear and have a bit of fun.”

Some people came in character and Caroline Stewart, 32, of Denton Holme, Carlisle, was in full make up and costume as Sally from the 1993 film Nightmare Before Christmas.

She said: “I’ve always been a bit of a geek and I love dressing up. It’s also a chance to look at all the collectibles on offer – I collect stuff to do with movies so I hope to buy a few things to add to my collection.”

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