For 50 years children and sci-fi fans of all ages have enjoyed Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s iconic Thunderbirds series.
And this year the creators’ son, Jamie Anderson, will be bringing Andercon to Leicester.
First held in London last year, the convention at Leicester’s Athena in June, will include models and actors from the original 1964 series, as well as plenty for fans to enjoy from other Gerry Anderson productions, such as Captain Scarlett, Stingray, UFO, Space: 1999 and Joe 90.
Jamie, who is managing director of Anderson Entertainments, said: “This is the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Thunderbirds in September 1965 and it’s still going strong enough for a new series to be coming out this year.
“The convention is going to be a major celebration of Thunderbirds with replicas, vehicles and actors.
“We’ve got the voice actors who played Scott Tracy and Parker coming, and we’ve also got a premiere of our new sci-fi series, Firestorm.”
The convention will be held over June 13 and 14, with a launch event on June 12.
Jamie said: “There will be things for fans of all ages. Conventions used to be just for geeks and people wouldn’t go if they didn’t think they were big enough fans.
“But they’re real family events now and at the convention in London last year we had three generations of the same family who were all fans.”
He said he was sure he had found the perfect space for the convention when he first entered the Athena, an art deco former cinema in the city’s Cultural Quarter.
He said: “I’d been to Leicester in the past but only to events at the National Space Centre because I’m a massive Doctor Who fan.
“Seeing this building for the first time really knocked me sideways.
“It’s an amazing place and it’s like when you’re house-hunting and you can walk into a building and get that feeling about it.”
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