The force is strong at Doncaster Dome for film and comic fans

Geeks Doncaster Comic Con Sithmas Special'Joshua Kennedy, Owen Horner and Aidan Horner

Geeks Doncaster Comic Con Sithmas Special'Joshua Kennedy, Owen Horner and Aidan Horner

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Scores of fans in Doncaster could not wait for the new Star Wars film – so they dressed up early for a fan event.

Thousands of science-fiction fans headed to The Dome for the Geeks Comic Con ‘Sithmas Special’.

Geeks Doncaster Comic Con Sithmas Special'Christmas themed Cosplayers

Geeks Doncaster Comic Con Sithmas Special'Christmas themed Cosplayers

The convention – which was being held just over a week before the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens film is due to be released in cinemas – attracted fans from across the region.

Chris Hone, head of commercial development for Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, which runs the Dome, was delighted with the turn-out.

He said: “This was a fantastic event which attracted thousands of visitors to the Dome.

“We are always pleased to host this kind of event.

Geeks Doncaster Comic Con Sithmas Special'Imperial Stormtroopers keep the crowds in check at The Dome

Geeks Doncaster Comic Con Sithmas Special'Imperial Stormtroopers keep the crowds in check at The Dome

“With the imminent release of the new Star Wars film this was a great time for Comic Con to come to town.”

Fans were be able to get their picture taken with a Jedi, among other famous fictional characters, as well as imperial stormtroopers from the films.

There were also hundreds of stalls selling everything from action figures to art prints and Lego to comic books.

Many of those who attended the event also got into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up in comic- or film- related costumes.

Geeks Doncaster Comic Con Sithmas Special'The main hall busy with Christmas Geek shoppers

Geeks Doncaster Comic Con Sithmas Special'The main hall busy with Christmas Geek shoppers

Fans Joshua Kennedy, Owen Horner and Aidan Horner turned up in costume, carrying lightsabers, and took the chance to pose with some of the ‘droids’ from the Star Wars films.

Others who visited the event took a more festive attitude. Ivy Indigo, Kurt Garrett and Hannah Robson turned up in Christmas Cosplay outfits, cosplay being an activity involving dressing up as comic characters.

Geeks Doncaster Comic Con Sithmas Special'Ivy Indigo, Kurt Garrett and Hannah Robson in Christmas Cosplay outfits

Geeks Doncaster Comic Con Sithmas Special'Ivy Indigo, Kurt Garrett and Hannah Robson in Christmas Cosplay outfits

Geeks Doncaster Comic Con Sithmas Special'Noah Basham from Rossington meets Captain America

Geeks Doncaster Comic Con Sithmas Special'Noah Basham from Rossington meets Captain America