Thousands came to meet their heroes – and all for a good cause – at the glittering Stars & Cars event, held today at Bolton Arena.
Soap stars Nikki Sanderson and Nicole Barber-Lane from Hollyoaks, and Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw from Coronation Street), were joined by the likes of Cold Feet actor John Thompson, Gladiator Saracen and Eggheads Barry Simmons and Pat Gibson, to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice.
Out in force were also characters from movie favourites including Star Wars, Predator, Terminator, and even The Stig from Top Gear made an appearance.
Eight-year-old Charlie Carter, who visited the event with dad David, said: “It’s been really good. My favourite thing has been seeing the Batmobile Tumblr. It was awesome.”
The Stars & Cars event also saw families getting up close to their favourite vehicles from the big screen, including the Batmobile, Optimus Prime, Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, Maverick’s bike from Top Gun, and even Lightning McQueen from Disney’s Cars.
For Game of Thrones fans there was the chance to sit in the iron throne and meet Khaleesi, and live music fans were treated to Queen classics by a Freddie Mercury tribute artist.
World record-holding freestyle footballer and CBBC TV presenter John Farnworth was on hand to wow the crowd with his awesome skills, and Disney princesses posed for photographs with star-struck boys and girls.
Organiser Mick Croskery, Community Fundraiser at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “This year’s Stars & Cars event has been the biggest and best yet. It just keeps getting better every year. We’ve had a sell-out crowd and it’s been amazing seeing the children’s faces when they meet their favourite stars.
“Organising the event takes and incredible amount of work from a lot of people and I’d like to thank all of the staff and volunteers who have given up their time to come today to help raise money for the children and young people at Derian House – you’ve done them proud.”
Stars & Cars 2016 and 2017 events raised almost £20,000 for the charity.