Shoppers treated to Star Wars themed day in Lowestoft as cafe holds busiest event yet

Star Wars themed day in Lowestoft. Coffee Heart staff Claudia and Ellie with Chewbacca

Star Wars themed day in Lowestoft. Coffee Heart staff Claudia and Ellie with Chewbacca - Credit: Bob Cowan

In a town not so far, far away, shoppers were treated to a day celebrating a popular movie franchise.

Staff and locals dressed as their favourite characters on Saturday as part of a Star Wars themed day, which took place at the Coffee Heart cafe in Lowestoft.

The cafe first put on the event in 2015, and it has become a popular event celebrating Star Wars day, which takes place on May 4.

Plenty of photos were taken of people in their costumes, while stormtroopers from the Great Yarmouth Star Wars Club were also in attendance collecting money for a children's hospice charity.

Bob Cowan who owns the cafe with wife Lynne, said: 'We try and hold our Star Wars day as close as we can to May 4, but really it is for the enjoyment of the children and we had such a great turnout.

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'The day was fantastic, we had several hundred people attend and it was by far our busiest Star Wars day yet.

'We had our staff dressed as Kylo Ren, we had a seven foot Chewbacca and two stormtroopers. But then we also had locals who got into the spirit and there was someone dressed as Rey from the new Star Wars movies, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and more.

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'The day is just a good bit of fun and we had the Star Wars club in attendance raising money for a very important cause in the children's hospice charity.

Also throughout the day there was music and Star Wars inspired food and drink including a blue milkshake which was half price for cosplayers.

There was also a 'strawberry Leia cake' and a 'dark side chocolate cake'.

A competition was held for the youngster with the best costume, with the owners set to make a decision and get in touch with the winner who will get a Star Wars toy.

Mr Cowan said: 'It is always a great event to hold and the problem we have now is that it will be very difficult to top next year.'

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