SCI-FI stars welcomed dedicated fans to a special fundraising event in Bournemouth over the weekend.

Charfest, organised by Angela Howard, took place in Charminster over the Bank Holiday weekend to raise money for her charity Victim No More.

Special guests included Femi Taylor, who played Jabba the Hutt’s dancing girl Oola in Return of the Jedi, Doctor Who actor John Levene, who played UNIT’s Sgt Benton in the 1970s and Jamie Anderson, son of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, who is set to revive the TV classic.

Joining them was familiar face Ian McNeice, who played Winston Churchill opposite Matt Smith’s Doctor.

And also making an appearance was Derek Lyons, who appeared in Star Wars: A New Hope at the age of 18.

Still an actor, he made his debut as a medal bearer and temple guard.

All the guests signed photos and chatted to fans throughout the day with stalls featuring sci-fi memorabilia and information also stationed around the room at the Avon Social Club.

Live music took place throughout Saturday afternoon as well, along with poetry readings.

Charfest started as a one-night fundraising event last year for Victim No More, which helps victims of domestic violence and rape.

Angela said on Friday night guests enjoyed a burlesque act with music by Matt Black on the piano.

“I really hope people enjoy themselves. There are some wonderful people who have helped organise the event”, she said.

“I founded the charity last year.

“There isn’t enough help for people and as we are a local charity I hope we can change that.”

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