Star Wars and Doctor Who actors set for Master Con convention at Portman Road, Ipswich, this weekend

Ghostbusters Mazen Haggag, 12, Omar Haggag, 14, Gillian Tree and Michael Fiddy at the Ipswich Master

Ghostbusters Mazen Haggag, 12, Omar Haggag, 14, Gillian Tree and Michael Fiddy at the Ipswich Master-Con at Ipswich Town Hall on Saturday, 29 November. - Credit: Su Anderson

Budding superheroes from across Suffolk will be descending on Ipswich Town Football Club this Saturday, as the Ipswich Master Con convention returns for a second year.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, which featured more than 1,200 comic book fans pack out the Town Hall, organisers have returned with a bigger line-up.

Moving to the football ground for this year’s event, the convention will feature memorabilia displays and stalls, Cosplay competitions, handmade crafts, games, competitions and rides.

Visitors are once again being asked to come in their best baddie outfits or good-guy getups, after dozens dazzled last year as the likes of Spider-Man, Predator and Darth Vader.

Organiser Emma Taylor, 38, said: “I am hoping it will be bigger and better than last year, and I think it is going to be a fabulous day.

“We will have Cosplay and miles more traders and activities this year.

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“The venue is much better this year and there will be more space for everyone.” The convention will once again feature guests from the world of TV and film, with Star Wars actress Pam Rose returning after a popular slot last year, alongside Who Framed Roger Rabbit? star Mike Edmonds, and Matthew Dale, who notably appeared in Doctor Who as Friar Tuck. The guests will be on hand to meet their fans, before taking part in a question and answer session.

Once again, the event will be supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

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Mrs Taylor added: “We have got the hospice a bit more involved this time as well which is fantastic.”

Mrs Taylor launched the event last year with her brother Lee Hunter, after a resurgence in comic books and superheroes proved there was a demand for a convention.

Talks are already underway with potential guests already being approached for the third event.

Mrs Taylor added: “I am going to see how this one goes, but it would be nice to go forward with Master Con 3.

“I have spoken to a couple of celebrities, so we might have Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in Star Wars) – it’s trying to make it bigger and better every year.

Tickets are available on the door, priced £3 for adults and £1 for children.

For more information and full details, visit IpswichMasterCon on Facebook.

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