Herma Bay was hosting a strong contingent of Sci-Fi fans on Sunday as around 6,000 people turned up from all over the country to take part in the Sci-Fi by the Sea Festival which was being hosted in the town. The event was organised by the BayPromo Team, known for organising air shows. The event gave fans a great chance to meet many celebrities from TV and film including characters from the popular Harry Potter movies and also from TV series, Game of Thrones.
Scott Turner, the organiser, said that the event went quite well and the great weather had a lot to do with that. The show also sold out which was quite good news. He added that people were in the queues as early as 10 am but they were able to get them in smoothly. He added that they were quite happy with all the positive reviews that they had received regarding the event which had many different characters present.
This was the fifth year of the event which was at the Herne Bay Junior School playing fields. This year, James Cosmo, who played Jeor Mormont on the hit television series, Game of Thrones, was there as the special guest. The 69-year-old Cosmo was appearing alongside Andrew-Lee Potts who features in the ITV drama Primeval. The two were joining many heroes and villains from the world of comic books and sci-fi including a model of Lightning McQueen, the main character in Disney’s Cars movie.
Mr Turner stated that despite having the event for the past five years, they don’t have any plans to stop anytime soon and as far as he was concerned, the event will be back again in 2018 for its sixth edition and they were already thinking about corny names for the next edition of the event. He added that they had received many compliments on how well the event went and they were happy about that because they had done a lot to give it a more family-friendly feel and not like a comic convention that was out to get as much money as possible. The Sci-Fi by the Sea show is organised in order to raise funds for other events that are also organised by the BayPromoTeam. This includes their air show which is held for free.