July 13, 2009
Story by Jamie Eccleston (Jaask)


I finished the afternoon shift at 3 o'clock and threw on my favorite Sandtroopers shirt, ready to make my way for a meet and greet with Peter Mayhew. He was appearing for a signing at a local collectors store in town called the Videodrome. Other celebrities have appeared in the past such as Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Hattie Hayridge (Holly from Red Dwarf) but this was my first time meeting a celebrity so close to home. I talked a colleague from work into being my amateur photographer for the day and we made our way to the store. By the time we got there, it was pretty quiet though I expect everyone that had wanted to meet Mayhew had been earlier in the day as he'd been there since midday.

The store has all sorts of collectors stuff, ranging from Star Wars and Doctor Who to Bruce Lee and Friday the 13th. They also have a whole set up at the front of the store for card games like Magic the Gathering. Earlier in the day I had also been past on the way into work and there were a couple of Stormtroopers and Darth Vader haunting around the entrance to the store. Peter was really nice and was more than happy to sign pictures, and any other items that fans brought along, and get a photo taken alongside. I took the opportunity myself. After meeting Peter, there wasn't a whole lot left to do. We had a little look around the store and the outside setup where they advertised his visit and had some t-shirts on sale. I took a few pictures and set off back to work, happy with my signed picture from the mighty Chewbacca himself!

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