IT WAS the return of one of Oxfordshire's biggest events for sci-fi and fantasy fans today as Thames Con arrived in Abingdon.

Now in its second year the family-friendly convention brought together Game of Thrones actors, Doctor Who's original Weeping Angel and extraordinary puppet masters for a 'magical' experience.

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With the release of Avengers: Endgame being the same weekend as the event, held at Abingdon and Witney College, it also embraced a superhero theme.

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All pictures by Abbie Chilton

There was a Lego Marvel and DC display, ‘God of Thunder’ green screen photo area – complete with hammer Mjolnir, as well as life size props of everyone’s favourite characters.

Bringing a heavy dose of nostalgia was a special Dark Crystal ‘making of’ talk and workshop with master puppeteers behind the beloved creations Louise Gold and Hugh Spight.

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A close friend of Muppet creator Jim Henson and a legend in her own right, this was Ms Gold's first ever convention appearance and the first time she has ever done a workshop like this before.

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Event director Zay Mirmalek said: "It's been amazing. I think what really sets us apart is the workshops, I know myself as a fan that what you want is to be able to interact with the people you admire."

She added: "It's what the actors want as well. Louise Gold has never done a convention before but when I was pitching it to her she loved the idea of the workshop, which was magical."

Firmly aimed at all ages, the Overend family made the trip from Herefordshire and came dressed as superheroes.

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Simon, 36, said they had come last year as well and it was great to find a convention that catered for the whole family.

His four-year-old son Alec said he had particularly enjoyed playing retro computer games.

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Alex Locke from Oxford, meanwhile, donned a fantasy costume complete with stilts and long arms made from crutches inspired by his love of the Dark Crystal.

He said: "It's a lovely convention, it's really family-friendly and everything has been accesible for my friend who is in a wheelchair which is fantastic."

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Miss Mirmalek said she was pleased by the positive feedback the event received and was keen to make Thames Con an annual event.

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She added: "I would be interested in doing fandom specific events as well at the college or collaborations with other groups.

"We had people come from as far away as Arizona this year but my hope is that more people from Oxfordshire will come next time and enjoy something right on their doorstep."