People walking the streets of Telford may have thought they had stepped straight into a video game as thousands of costumed characters attended Midlands Comic Con.
Organisers of the event, which celebrates comics and movies, said that more than 10,000 people had visited Telford’s International Centre to take part in the convention.
Many of those attending turned out in costume with Transformers, Star Trek, Star Wars, manga and video game characters just some of the outfits on display.
Bryan Cooney, the show’s co-promoter said the event has been gradually expanding since it first opened at Telford, to the point where it has now taken over another hall of the centre to cope with the interest.
He said: “From 2007 to 2013 it was just in the one hall. Last year we moved into part of the second hall and we have taken over it completely.
“The support from Shropshire has been amazing. There is a real appetite for it and people who come will come back next year and bring their friends.”
Mr Cooney also praised the efforts of the fans who attend the show and dress up to take part.
He said: “It is a lifestyle where people come and they want to be part of it.”
One of the main attractions was the appearance of Red Dwarf stars Chris Barrie and Robert Llewellyn, who played Rimmer and Kryten in the hit TV show.
Hundreds of people joined queues for a chance to meet the pair and Mr Llewellyn
said: “It is always a surprise, even though we have done events like this before it is so extraordinary. ”.
Spread over two halls packed with merchandise, shows and artwork, the event was populated by huge numbers of “cosplay” fans, who dress up in costumes from comics, video games or as movie characters.
Tom Magness, who was visiting the show from Welshpool with four children, said they had been so impressed that they would all be dressing up next year – with himself as Captain America.
He said: “It is the first time we have been here. We have four kids with us and we have really enjoyed seeing all the cosplay, especially the Warhammer guy, it has been a really good day out.”