Jonathan Melville: May the fourth be with you on Star Wars day

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SATURDAY is shaping up to be a big day for Star Wars fans around the globe as they celebrate a momentous date in the calendar.

No, there’s not a new movie in cinemas (you’ll have to wait another few years for that) and it’s not the anniversary of one of the existing films. Saturday is global Star Wars Day because of the date, 4 May.

Most film fans will remember the line .May the Force be with you’ from various Star Wars movies. Now it’s been borrowed by its most ardent followers to ensure May the Fourth Be With You Day is an unofficial holiday.

If you can make it to Disney’s Hollywood Studios you’ll be able to meet characters from the films, dance at a themed party and spend lots of cash on merchandise you don’t need.

Hardcore fans will be digging out their copies of both trilogies for Star Wars screenings while others can scour the internet for discounts on the DVDs, action figures, clothes, books, cuddly toys, computer games and various other bits of plastic with the logo on.

As an aside, I’ve yet to recover from seeing Yoda starring in a cheap and nasty TV ad for a mobile phone company the other day. It was so bad that I still hold a grudge against Yoda, my TV and mobile phones.

Sadly it doesn’t look like there’s too much to see and do in Edinburgh on Saturday, though The Three Sisters pub on the Cowgate will host a Star Wars Party.

They promise a Star Wars movie marathon, prizes for best costumes and music from DJ Darth Vader. Drinks include the Yoda Soda and Wookie Woo Woo, though with an 8pm start it’s not for younger fans.

@jon_melville

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