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THE men and women behind some of the best loved sci-fi characters of all time are gathering in Scotland this weekend to help raise money for Scotland's sickest kids.

Scots Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings star Sylvester McCoy, R2D2 performer Jimmy Vee and Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch are among the big names at this weekend's Capital Sci-Fi Con at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

There are also special Star Wars, Walking Dead, Harry Potter, Terminator and Doctor Who sets and attractions, as well as a diverse range of entertainers and talks throughout the weekend.

All profits will be donated to CHAS - Children's Hospices Across Scotland - to support their vital work.

Organiser Keith Armour said: "CHAS will always hold a special place in my heart. I first visited Rachel House with the Rebel Legion - a worldwide volunteer group who bring together Star Wars costuming enthusiasts with a key objective of giving back to the community.

"The first year we put it on, 2016, I thought 500 people would turn up. I can't believe how much it has all grown - 7000 came along last year, raising PS75,000 for CHAS.

"This year, the movie guests attending are household names - Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred of Doctor Who, and Ian McElhinney of Game of Thrones and Rogue One. I'm so surprised by how much it has grown and think that its popularity must be down to its connection with CHAS.

"People know that it's for an amazing cause."

If you've ever wanted to have your photo taken with Jabba the Hut or a Speeder Bike, this is your big chance.

There will also be shopping stalls, cosplay fancy dress, and appearances from some of the best talent in comics writing and art at the con.

It runs from 10am to 5pm tomorrow and 6pm on Sunday, with admission PS10/PS5 for the day or PS18/PS8 for a weekend pass. See for details.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Feb 2, 2018
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