Star Wars invasion of Burnley and Padiham was a red hot hit with fans

You could have been forgiven for thinking it was the heat getting to you if you saw a fleet of Star Wars characters walking through Burnley and Padiham on Friday!
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Darth Vader, stormtroopers, and a host of other characters from the cult film, took to the streets for a charity walk to raise cash for the Firefighters' charity.

In soaring temperatures members of the 5th Legion donned their outfits for the eight mile walk from Burnley Fire Station to Padiham Fire Station then back again.

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Formed in 2018 the 5th Legion is made up of Star Wars enthusiasts from across the North West who give up their own time to attend events and functions to help fund raise. Donning fully authentic costumes their arrival at functions always causes a huge stir.

A Star Wars invasion by the 5th Legion saw characters from the cult film walk from Burnley to Padiham last weekA Star Wars invasion by the 5th Legion saw characters from the cult film walk from Burnley to Padiham last week
A Star Wars invasion by the 5th Legion saw characters from the cult film walk from Burnley to Padiham last week

And the sight of them marching through Burnley and Padiham was certainly a sight to behold!

Member Mick Bridge, who is from Burnley said: "The weather was boiling hot, especially in full costumes, but, with the support of passing motorists who beeped their horns and local residents who came out of their houses for photos and to give donations we completed the walk both ways in four hours."

Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham cheered on the walkers and Burnley's Tesco store stepped in to provide a changing area for the crew.

And after setting themselves a target of £300 the walkers raised the fantastic sum of £642.