by Alan Weston, Liverpool Daily Post
THE man behind one of the world’s most iconic sci-fi movie characters was in Merseyside to celebrate the magic of Star Wars and meet fans.
Peter Mayhew played Chewbacca, the loyal sidekick of Han Solo in the legendary films.
He flew in from Texas as one of a number of big-name signings at the event, held at the Spaceport centre in Wirral.
Peter found himself in demand on the sci-fi convention circuit after the Special Edition of the Star Wars series was released.
Other stars who were present included Paul Blake (Greedo), Rusty Goffe (Jawa), Ian Liston (Wes Janson) and Gerald Home (Tessek).
The celebration brought to an end Spaceport’s Sci Fi at the Movies exhibition, which showed artefacts from some of the world’s most famous science fiction movies, giving fans an opportunity to view never before seen movie memorabilia.
Spaceport, which is owned and operated by Merseytravel, is the UK’s most modern space-themed visitor attraction, and is housed in a listed building alongside Seacombe ferry terminal, in Wallasey.