Stormtroopers set to storm into Stanley

Charity. A touring group of self-proclaimed ‘bad guys doing good’ will descend on Stanley next month, raising money for the 2017 Relay for Life event in Penguin.

The north-west Tasmanian 501st TAG Copperhead Squad is led by Scott Ransom, who explains what the group is about: “We’re a screen-accurate Star Wars costuming group, we like to work with charities to try and highlight what fundraising they’re doing.”

There are about 10,000 members worldwide, and the group’s popularity is growing.

“Since Episode VII came out last year, we’re getting a lot of requests to join and a lot more event requests.”

One of the squad’s members, Wade Palmer, is from Smithton and he was the first Tasmanian to join the legion.

Among the characters to visit Stanley on the day will be clones and Tusken Raiders.

“Unfortunately Darth Vader won’t be making it,” Scott laughed. “He’s working that weekend.”

The squad will be stationed at the Chocolate Gallery and Cafe on Church Street on Saturday October 8 from 1 to 4.30pm.

Owner Donna Walters said the event was a way for one Stanley business to promote the town and help out other businesses.

“It’s really good for Stanley, it’s the start of the tourism season in Stanley and the last Saturday of the school holidays,” she said.

“It’s good to work together to get people to Stanley for the day.”

Photos with the group by gold coin donation are welcome, with proceeds going to Cancer Council Tasmania.

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