The countdown is on to the WightFibre charity premier event to celebrate the release of Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker.

The event will see almost 300 VIP Guests including competition winners attend the screening of the latest Star Wars blockbuster, which includes a VIP Reception and the opportunity to meet and be photographed with many of the characters from the films.

The foyer of the Newport’s Cineworld will be transformed into a set of Tatooine for VIP guests to enjoy as they walk the red carpet.

The event is being hosted by WightFibre, in support of the Island’s sailing charity – UKSA.

As part of the night, a charity auction will be taking place – which will include a beautifully mounted ‘Medal of Yarin’, complete with corresponding film cells from Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977).

In a famous scene at the end of the film Princess Leia presents Han Solo and Luke Skywalker with the Medal of Yarin; the highest gratitude that the Rebellion’s leadership can grant for their bravery in destroying the Death Star. The medal also features in the latest film.

The medal has been obtained directly from actor and producer Nick Joseph, who played Major Arhul Hextrophon, the medal bearer in this scene and x-wing fighter pilot. What makes this lot even more special is that Nick has agreed to attend the event and will present the winning bidder with the medal. VIP Guests will also be able to meet Nick in the VIP area.

John Irvine, WightFibre CEO, said:

“Once again, this promises to be a great fun evening. It’s a unique event that allows us to give back to the Island community.

“Our aim is to raise even more than before to support the important work of UKSA and in turn children from across the Island.”

A framed photograph of Darth Vader, authenticated and signed ‘Dave Prowse is Darth Vader’ will also go under the hammer.

Ben Willows, UKSA CEO, said:

“UKSA are delighted once again to be the beneficiary of WightFibre’s Star Wars Premier.

“All monies raised from the event go towards our Test the Water programme which provides all Year 6 children on the Isle of Wight the chance to come and experience the activities we provide at UKSA.

“Since the launch of the programme in 2014 over 6,000 Island students have had the opportunity to Test the Water. Programmes like this can help provide young islanders with life skills, build confidence and deliver a learning experience outside the classroom. We have worked with WightFibre for many years and they provide us with a huge amount of support and are grateful to be a beneficiary once again.”

Keep an eye on iwradio.co.uk for chances to win exclusive VIP tickets to the event, which is happening on Thursday, December 19.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday (11 November) via iwradio.co.uk and wightfibre.com