Marvel-lous time at Retroplay in Leighton Buzzard

Spiderman meets little spiderman at Retroplay. Photo by Jane Russell
Spiderman meets little spiderman at Retroplay. Photo by Jane Russell

Hundreds of people met their favourite comic book heroes at Retroplay in Leighton Buzzard on Sunday.

The organisers of the movie, gaming and comic festival promised the event at Brooklands Middle School would be bigger and better than last year and fans were not disappointed.

Captain Jack Sparrow at Retroplay. Photo by Jane Russell

Captain Jack Sparrow at Retroplay. Photo by Jane Russell

Among the visitors this year was Leighton Buzzard Town Mayor, Councillor Clive Palmer, who enjoyed the festival and was surprised by the size of it.

There was something for everyone, including superheroes, legendary movie characters, iconic vehicles on display, classic cars, Disney characters and Wrigglies Exotic Pets.

Steve Thewis, one of the event organisers, said: “The day was a great success, we had about 1,200 people here throughout the day and it was buzzing.

“We had all the usual characters back and it was great to see them again, all the cosplayers are volunteers and take their time to come from all over the country to this event in Leighton Buzzard.

Rusty Goffe at Retoplay. Photo by Jane Russell

Rusty Goffe at Retoplay. Photo by Jane Russell

“They love to support charities and help put a smile on children’s faces.

“We had the police and fire service here and it was great to see them support the event, we wanted to bring the community together, including the local services who do a great job, I think this event did that.

“We had the Town Mayor come down and he was really impressed and surprised by how big it the festival actually was, he said he will talk to the council about getting the event on the map, as it is great for the community.

“We will be back next year but we will need the full support from the town and sponsors to make it bigger and better.”

One of the iconic vehicles at RetroPlay. Photo by Jane Russell

One of the iconic vehicles at RetroPlay. Photo by Jane Russell

All money raised from Retroplay will be donated to Kids Out, who aim to give children positive experiences to support them in the future.

Cosplayers with young fans at Retoplay. Photos by Jane Russell

Cosplayers with young fans at Retoplay. Photos by Jane Russell

Cosplayers at Retoplay. Photos by Jane Russell.

Cosplayers at Retoplay. Photos by Jane Russell.