Former WWE superstar Harry Smith will be heading to the town at the weekend to appear at this year’s annual Wigan Comic-Con event.
Harry Smith, the son of Golborne’s The British Bulldog, Davey ‘Boy’ Smith will join a star-studded list of celebrities in attendance at Robin Park on the Saturday, May 26.
Smith, who is currently plying his trade in Japan as a member of the New Japan Pro-Wrestling roster, won both the World Tag Team Championships and WWE Tag Team Championships with fellow Canadian Tyson Kidd during his four-year stay in the WWE.
The 32-year-old now competes using his father’s real name on the independent scene as Davey Boy Smith Jr, and has been very successful since departing the WWE in 2011 to work in Japan, having three recent reigns as the IWGP Tag Team champion with partner Lance Archer.
Only Fools and Horses and current Benidorm star John Challis, TV children’s channel host James Mackenzie, Star Wars actor Spencer Wilding and former EastEnders bad-boy John Altman will also be coming to Wigan alongside professional wrestler Smith for the event.
Spencer Wilding, who has featured in several blockbuster films, most notably playing Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise film Rogue One will be hosting a question and answer session for the fans in attendance.
Fans are encouraged to turn up in their cosplay outfits and will have plenty of meet and greet opportunities with all of the guests throughout the day, ranging between £10 and £20.
There will be fun and entertainment during the event, including a cosplay competition, retro gaming consoles, themed displays and trade stalls selling geeky merchandise. Fans also can meet the artists and authors behind their favourite comics and take their photos with iconic television props including the Tardis and Daleks from the BBC science fiction hit series Doctor Who.
Funky Figures hold comic-con events across the United Kingdom and will be returning to Wigan where their first-ever show took place.
Event organiser and Wigan resident, Paul Prescott, admitted that the event will be extra special for him.
Prescott told the Wigan Post: “I can’t wait for it. The Southport show went really well and we’ve decided to put a lot more on at Wigan, we’ve got more guest talks to keep it interactive.
“It will be more special to host the event in Wigan. I see a lot of familiar faces and I think that it’s natural to want to build up a business in your hometown.
“I enjoy all the shows that I do, but it’s definitely a positive thing to do it where I’ve been brought up.
“I’m from Wigan and I visited lots of big events around the country with my children, and I wanted to try and take some of what I’ve seen at other events but make it more child friendly.
The event begins at 10am and finishes at 4pm, with tickets at just £5 for children aged 15 and under, and £7 for 16s and over.
A family pass is available for £20(two adults, two children)