Geeks Events: Cleethorpes Easter 2018 Comic Con, Cleethorpes Leisure Centre, Cleethorpes on Saturday 31st March.
Geeks Events returned to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre with their Easter Comic Con.
Having attended a few of their previous events, I knew what to expect, but the event organisers had gone and rewarded local fans by making this event bigger and better than the previous Cleethorpes events I had attended.
Upon arriving outside the Leisure Centre, fans were able to look at and have their photos taken with the replica vehicles on display, which included versions of Lightning McQueen from the Cars movies and the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo.
I then joined the queue inside the venue, to keep dry from the rain outside, where I saw the guests arriving before we were let into the main hall to look around.
The guests on the day included Shaun “The Dark Destroyer” Wallace from The Chase, Annette Badland whose TV roles have included characters in shows such as Dr. Who, EastEnders and Outlander, John Leeson who was the voice of K9 in Dr. Who and Bungle in Rainbow, as well as Rosie Jane from Dr. Who.
Andrew-Lee Potts from Primeval was due to appear, but due to family commitments, it was announced a few days before the event that he was to be replaced by John Altman who was “Nasty” Nick Cotton in EastEnders.
As with all comic cons, the event was full of fantastic cosplayers, featuring Superheroes and Villains, Predators, a Cylon, Anime and Video Game characters, plus many more.
Professional charity fundraising cosplayers, The Super Heroes Cosplay group were in attendance, bringing the fantastic Groot with them for an appearance.
There was also several YouTubers in attendance with Michael Lunatic Videos, Mikey’s Vlog Life, Dr. Bartholomwho, Doctor Walker Cosplay and Parsley Leaf Productions, who were filming and sharing YouTube tips for anyone interested in giving it a try.
There was also many stalls selling all kind of merchandise from TV, Movies, Anime and Comic Books, as well as a video gaming area where you could play retro games and try VR, as well as the chance to have your photo taken on a replica of Darryl’s motorcycle as seen in The Walking Dead.
I missed the under 12s cosplay contest, as I went out for dinner, but came back to see a great adult cosplay contest, with a fantastic Iron Giant winning first prize.
I managed to grab a quick word with all the guests, who all seemed to have a good time, with them thanking their fans for turning up to see them.
Shaun Wallace wanted to thank all The Chase fans for helping make the show a success and that he would be publishing his autobiography “Chasing the Dream” with Cranthorpe Millner Publishers later this year.
When asked about appearing in Dr. Who, now that The Chase host Bradley Walsh is in the new series, he said that he probably wouldn’t be interested but other chaser Mark “The Beast” Labbett might.
I spoke to John Leeson about rumours of K9s return but he said he doesn’t know anything about it and would probably be the last to know.
John Altman talked to me about how he spent 4 days on the set of the Star Wars movie “Return of the Jedi”, only to end up on screen for a very short moment, with an uncredited appearance.
Annette Badland mentioned how busy she has been with a lot of appearances in upcoming shows including Midsomer Murders, The Dumping Ground and Plebs.
Rosie Jane just said how much she enjoyed herself and even found time to have a selfie with Groot which she posted on her Twitter account.
The event finished off with cosplay charity fundraisers, The Neverending Fundraisers, dancing to the A-ha hit “Take On Me”.
The event was well run by hosts Gary Geeks and Michael Lunatic, with there always being something going on, and plenty to see and do.
The event was the busiest they have ever had in that venue, which didn’t surprise me as Geeks have been making huge improvements at every event I have attended, as they actually seem to listen to their fans feedback and try and see how they can improve things unlike some other comic con events I have attended.
My day ended with me getting off the train, only to see Shaun Wallace waving at me from his window in first class, as it appeared that the guests were on the same train as me.
A huge thanks to everyone at Geeks Events for running a great event, all the guests, cosplayers and everyone else who helped in making the event a great day out.
Geeks events return to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August, for their August Bank Who-liday Edition, featuring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Dee Sadler who all appeared together in the Dr. Who story “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy”.
If you can’t wait till then, Geeks Events have a Heroes & Foes event taking place in Lincoln at the Lincolnshire Showground on Saturday April 28th, with a guest line up including Nigel Betts (Dr. Who, Emmerdale), Norman Lovett (Red Dwarf), Peter Purves (Dr. Who, Blue Peter), Sally Mortemore (Harry Potter) and Paul Blake (Star Wars).
For more information, you can check out Geeks Events on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/geeksevents/