THE “Force” was definitely in Lynn on Saturday (November 26) when none other than Darth Vader himself paid a visit.
Dave Prowse, who played the towering Darth from the Dark Side in the Star Wars’ films, was at the Waterstone’s book store in Norfolk Street to sign copies of his new book - called Straight From the Force’s Mouth.
Between 150 and 200 people turned out to see the iconic actor, some donning costumes from the classic 1977 film which was followed by an equally successful movie series.
It was the first time he and assistant manager David Learner had met since they both appeared in the BBC’s television version of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Dave, who formerly found fame as the Green Cross Code Man, was bodyguard to rock God Hotblack Desiato; David was Marvin the Paranoid Android.
“Dave did a fantastic job as Darth Vader,” said David though, of course, recognising like himself Dave did not actually provide the voice for his character. “To many he’s the epitome of the success of those original movies. His contribution is incalculable. We’re hugely lucky to have him along to the store; his is a fascinating life, even outside his Star Wars success.”
The signing session, which lasted from 11.15am to 3.30pm, was hugely successful with copies of the book selling out.
Nothing was too much trouble for Dave who also signed photographs and figures said David, adding the book can still be ordered through the Lynn store.