Banbury cinema hosts charity raffle ahead of new Star Wars film

Gary Parker and Naomi Taylor of The Odeon Cinema, Banbury, with their charity raffle prizes. NNL-151215-145908009
Gary Parker and Naomi Taylor of The Odeon Cinema, Banbury, with their charity raffle prizes. NNL-151215-145908009

A passionate Star Wars fan is donating some of his memorabilia he has collected over the years to a charity raffle ahead of the new film The Force Awakens.

Gary Parker works part time at the Odeon Cinema in Banbury and has been obsessed with the fantasy films growing up.

Ahead of the film’s release in the UK today (Thursday), the cinema on Horsefair will give customers the chance to win some great prizes in the raffle, including figurines, soft toys and a framed picture of Stormtroopers.

Proceeds from the event will go to the NSPCC and the Variety Club and the deadline is December 23, with the winner being informed on Christmas Eve.

Mr Parker, who lives in Banbury, said: “It is such a big film and 32 years in the making so this is something to help give a bit of publicity to the cinema ahead of the film’s release. I am seeing it on Friday and I cannot wait.

“I’ve got so much stuff from the film at my home, including some signed bits too. I’d like to say a big thank you to Glyn at Comic Connections and the Entertainer toyshop in Castle Quay for donating a picture and soft toy.”

There has already been some high demand for the eagerly anticipated blockbuster, with the cinema hosting a midnight showing on Thursday.

The film will feature some iconic characters from the previous films including Harrison Ford, Mark Hammil and Carrie Fisher reprising their roles of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia respectively.

It is set thirty years after the Galatic Empire was defeated, with a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren.