The force is definitely with autism charity

THE force was strong in Guernsey on Saturday afternoon when Storm Troopers, Jedis and a handful of Darth Vaders took over St Pierre Park Hotel.

Many took advantage of fancy dress while taking part in Star Wars-themed quizzes, colouring competitions, face painting, mini make-overs and a raffle, as well as enjoying a special guest appearance from a Storm Trooper, all in aid of Autism Guernsey.

Dressed as Princes Leia, the charity’s fundraising manager, Mandy Rowlinson, said it was all part of their annual afternoon tea.

‘Last year we did a Harry Potter-themed afternoon tea at Les Cotils and it was so popular that we had to move to a larger venue this year,’ she said.

Pic by Adrian Miller 07-11-20 St Pierre Park Hotel Star Wars tea party for Autism Guernsey. (28887207)

‘Star Wars was the right fit, lots here today were brought up on it and it appeals to young and old. It’s fantastic to see so many people dressed up.’

One of those dressed up was seven-year-old Terry Chatfield.

He came as Darth Vader, his favourite character.

‘I’m really good at the quizzes,’ he said.

‘I’m a big Star Wars fan, but I’ve only watched A New Hope as I’m not old enough to watch The Empire Strikes back.’

Plenty of donated memorabilia was up for auction, including pictures, wood carvings and a huge Storm Trooper balloon.

Pic by Adrian Miller 07-11-20 St Pierre Park Hotel Star Wars tea party for Autism Guernsey - Nearest the camera is Darth Vader AKA Terry Chatfield 7. (28887211)

Autism Guernsey chairman Andrew Warren said it was his first experience of its annual themed afternoon tea as he had taken up the role only in April, after many years on the board, but was excited to see so many people enjoying themselves.

‘There’s a great mix of people here really having fun and that’s what this is all about,’ he said.

‘Though we’re fundraising at the same time, with the money going towards the running of the charity, this is really about getting together and having a good time.’

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