Stormtroopers at sci-fi funeral for Star Wars fan

Credit: Wales News Service

A Star Wars fan had an out-of-this world send off at his funeral with an honour guard of Stormtroopers.

Father-of-four Gordon Deacon, 58, had his coffin flanked by the white-armoured soldiers from his favourite sci-fi movie.

He was brought to the church by horse drawn coffin with Darth Vader's henchmen leading the funeral procession from a galaxy far, far away.

Gordon's friends and family were welcomed at the service by the Death Star troopers in helmets and guns - but Darth Vader was banned because no black was allowed.

His widow Marilyn, 54, said he was mad on Star Wars ever since he went to see the first film in 1977.

The space soldiers stood with their heads bowed in mourning as Gordon's coffin was carried into the church.

Gordon, of Llanedeyrn, Cardiff, died last month after a battle with pancreatic and liver cancer.

Dozens of mourners turned out in force at St Margaret's Church in Roath, Cardiff, for hospital housekeeper Gordon's Star Wars send-off.