Line-up of stars lights up school

A GALAXY of stars from science fiction and fantasy films lit up Alfreton Grange Arts College in a bid to replace the school’s lighting rig and raise cash for worthy causes.

The Big Sci-fi Film, TV and Comic event, held at the school last Saturday, featured actors from Star Wars and Harry Potter films and gave fans the chance to get autographs.

Organiser Mark Busby said: “Guest-wise, we couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of people. I’m a massive sci-fi fan. I grew up with Star Wars and Star Trek. We wanted to do something completely different. The feedback from the guests was great – they were all very positive.”

Mark, 39, who runs events organising company MPGB Entertainment, got involved with the college after his partner’s daughter, Nicole, told him the school’s £20,000 stage lighting rig had broken and a full showing of Grease the Musical had been reduced to a mini-version.

Mark used his contacts book and drew together an impressive roster of sci-fi actors and behind-the scenes personnel.

Among the special guests to attend were actors Pam Rose, Alan Flyng, Jack Klaff and John Chapman - who all played small but important roles in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Michael Henbury, the UK’s smallest man, who played a cuddly teddy-bear-like alien in Return of the Jedi and has just finished filming the last of the Harry Potter films, was also in attendance. Proceeds will also be donated to the Stargazer Appeal, and Troop Relief.

Mark is busy organising a new event on May 7 in Sutton in Ashfield, which will also raise cash for Troop Relief.