The Empire Strikes Lisburn city centre

The event on Saturday proved popular with the public.

The event on Saturday proved popular with the public.

The Force was strong in Lisburn on Saturday as the city played host to a fantastic Star Wars spectacular.

The city centre was invaded by Stormtroopers, Jedis, Siths and Wookies for the family event which proved very popular.

Luke I am your father! Darth Vader proved popular at the Empire Strikes Lisburn on Saturday.

Luke I am your father! Darth Vader proved popular at the Empire Strikes Lisburn on Saturday.

The event was to celebrate the release of the new film Rogue One: A Star Wars story in cinemas this weekend.

It was an action packed day of events for all the family with face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon modelling and a stunning Star Wars ice sculpture situated in Lisburn Square.

One of the highlights of the event was the Empire Parade through the city centre with Lisburn feeling like something from a galaxy far, far away.

Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, Councillor Uel Mackin hailed the event was a huge success. Speaking on Saturday during the event, he said: “It’s been a very successful event so far, with the number of youngsters from pre-school age to watch characters from an event which happened forty years ago.

Bring it on big lad! This Stormtrooper has met his match.

Bring it on big lad! This Stormtrooper has met his match.

“The crowd here today have been tremendous, people watching the parade, engaging with the characters and going into local shops - which was the most important thing.

“I have been speaking to several people this morning and they all say what a fantastic event it has been and they want to see more of it and hopefully we will be able to do that. It was just fantastic to watch, the interaction between the characters and the public and was absolutely fantastic, a great event and a great event day.”

Star Wars Themed face paint turned this boy into Darth Maul.

Star Wars Themed face paint turned this boy into Darth Maul.

R2D2 was on patrol around Lisburn on Saturday.

R2D2 was on patrol around Lisburn on Saturday.

Crowds flocked to the Star Wars themed event held in the city centre.

Crowds flocked to the Star Wars themed event held in the city centre.

The complete Star Wars crew that invaded the city centre.

The complete Star Wars crew that invaded the city centre.

Princess Leia and Boba Fett were spotted in Lisburn.

Princess Leia and Boba Fett were spotted in Lisburn.

This Jedi was captured at the event held in Lisburn.

This Jedi was captured at the event held in Lisburn.