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Kevin Peters
· April 3, 2017
FCD for me is more biased than most i guess because im a member of the FCD team, FCD by all accounts is one of the most personal, friendly and welcoming of UK based Sci Fi events. what originally star...ted out as a Star Trek related event has over the years opened up to the wider Sci Fi genre.
To give a review from my point, the FCD team are extremely friendly, very helpful and can't do anymore to engage with all guests and visitors, FCD is the perfect event for those who are new to events, perhaps slighlty nervous about attending and the Veteran event attender,

I hope anyone who reads this review finds it helpful, feel free to inbox me if you require any further advise or have any questions with regard FCD.
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Justin Salmon
· April 3, 2017
Oh man, what a great weekend Out of the Ashes 2.0 was! It was the perfect convention - best one I've been to. I won't do it justice. Small, intimate, with great guests, and great attendees. The gu...ests were all unbelievably friendly and cool - in the face of fairly heavy fandom. I loved that they treated us as people, really friendly. And it was terrific to just mix with them. All the guests were excellent: humble, friendly, welcoming, interesting, funny. Their talks were fantastically entertaining too. A lasting image will be Robert Picardo on the dancefloor at the Kyber Crystal Party!

I also couldn't get over how friendly the attendees were. There was a real sense of goodfeeling and togetherness, whether it was being lent a blaster, getting a nod from a ghostbuster, or being stabbed by a batleth.

The organisers were also excellent. One of the helpers actually remembered me from "Out of the Ashes 1.0" last year, and I was impressed that one of the two chief organisers asked me if I was having a good time. Those were nice touches and it made the organisation feel really personal. It's a real pity that this is the last event they plan for a while. I sincerely hope they do more!

Despite feeling buoyant, I was also surprisingly sad and emotional to leave, which was perfect (the fantastic "Come and get your love" from the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack was playing as I left the main event hall, and that was a good song to end on). It was certainly a melancholic drive back. I had said heartfelt goodbyes to perfect strangers. We had briefly existed in a wonderful bubble of nerdery where we celebrated the things we loved, where we could be ourselves, and where we could be with people like ourselves. It was a shame to go back to reality. Thanks for creating the memories!
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Sara Buckle-Spears
· April 3, 2017
As many have already expressed, I loved this! My husband and I went to our first event on Sunday at Telford, and as we've attended numerous events throughout the years, this has been by far the best o...ne I've experienced.
It might not be the largest event going, but that's also part of the charm, as it felt far more relaxed - which in turn seemed to permeate through to the guests. I noticed fans were given more time at signing tables, even with queues as there were never large numbers waiting at any one time.

The panels were fantastic, and again due to numbers, it was easy to attend them (or not depending on preference).
Staff and volunteers were helpful, and the venue is great. Plenty of parking, easy access for disabled (as I am). This made what normally would be an exhausting day for me merely tiring.
It even has a Costa coffee on site, as well as a cafe. So easy to grab and drink and/or food if you wanted to.

I honestly can't remember the last time I enjoyed an event as much as this one.

Bravo to the entire team behind it, and a heartfelt thanks to the guests who attended.
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Iain Baillie
· April 3, 2016
Many thanks for persevering and setting up an alternative to the 2 day event that you had planned. I wish you the best of luck getting appropriate permissions to host an event next year!

I’ve attend...ed a few conventions now over the years, from fantastically intimate Pages Bar events, through to Wolf Events, Sean Harry, “Destination Star Trek”, Showmasters, the Peterborough event and Creation in London/Vegas/LA.

I was really impressed with the short queues and sound (I know you couldn’t operate more than one microphone, but the important thing was that there was decent sound).

The atmosphere was also much more friendly than the Destination/Creation events. I don’t know if you’ve ever come across Neil Roberts? He used to VC/compare the Firefly events and it would be great if you could use him in the future. He was hilarious (note, I am not Neil Roberts trying to get a job!).

One opportunity for improvement would have been to have had the actors signing tables/exhibitor tables moved into one of the side rooms (or the foyer where the captains chairs were). This was due to the loud voices of people around the perimeter which often made it difficult to hear and the rumble was continuous. Obviously you can’t ask any of the guests to keep quiet, but it would have been better to have kept the talks to only the one room.

Another could have been to use the actors a bit more. A lot of them could have talked for a bit longer and there were several lulls in the programme that they could have talked for. JG’s talk in particular was cut short.

Also, when the event changed to a 1 dayer and was “cancelled”, I never received any emails telling me about the change in venue. It was only when I was searching for a programme the other month that I discovered the event had been changed.....

In summary though, many thanks for the event day. It was really appreciated that you and the special guests went to a lot of effort to make the event fun, engaging and low cost for us attendees. (Free and ample car parking - wow!). Good luck for next year's event.
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Stewart Ogden
· April 4, 2017
This was a great event! For me personally it showcased my 3 fave shows - B5, Star Trek & Stargate. I attended all the talks which were all great in their own way! The photoshoots were well organised &... painless! The icons party was really good too! The venue was excellent with The International Centre being placed in a great spot with plenty of food, drink & extra entertainment options! See More
Cj Fear Smilas
· March 31, 2017
The last FCD event we attended was amazing. It was our first convention and we are so happy to be back again.FCD really do make you feel like family and they put on events of the highest quality.
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Steven Buckle-Spears
· April 2, 2017
This was my first fcd event on Sunday and I had such a great time. All the guests were funny and welcoming. The talks were great! I just wish I had gone Friday and Saturday as I now feel like I missed... out on so much more!! Please can you try and get Andrea Thompson next year?!! I would buy a VIP ticket for that � but seriously i am really thinking of doing that anyway. If there is one next year. See More
Daniel Balding
· April 5, 2017
The entire weekend was awesome from start to finish! I got to sing with the great John. G Hertzler and the legend that is Robert Picardo. I enjoyed meeting the wonderful John Carrigan who is a true ge...ntleman in every sense of the word, and a hell of a dancer to boot. He is also inspirational and can inspire the uninspired. Bruce Boxleitner had some fantastic stories to share, and he and his lovely wife are charming. And can't forget the great Aron Eisenberg, the amazing Claudia Christian, and definitely not the amazingly down to earth David Blue and Rainbow Sun Francks, who were truly incredible. David and Wil, the event you put on was truly amazing. Be proud and hold your head up high. So say all of us! See More
Andrew Baguley
· April 5, 2017
I went with my brother in law and it was so personal, amazing weekend, I attended the Sunday, I've attended two conventions and this is the best by far. Thank you so much to fcd and wil and david, com...e back in 2019 :-) See More
Aaron David Merlin
· April 2, 2017
This was my first FCD event and I was there briefly Friday night, Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. It was amazing meeting the guest speakers, the event staff and all the fans who did attend. The... staff were awesome, friendly and helpful. I had a great time to be honest. See More
Steve Roberts
· March 25, 2017
Loved the last FCD event I went to - it was also my 8yo son's first con and he absolutely had a great time. I am very much excited about the up and coming 2017 convention. If FCD are running the eve...nt, you must go, you'll have a lot of fun. See More
Erika Stroem
· November 30, 2016
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Oh... I can't think of anything I do not like about it... I just love it and the people who run it, who now treat me as part of their extended family ♥
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Susan M Griffiths
· December 23, 2016
FCD events - where I first went as an attendee and liked it so much I am so proud to be one of their team... and that's based on how well looked after I have been, their engaging approach to events an...d the sheer quality of what they do! � See More
Lynn Adamson
· April 3, 2017
Could only do Sunday but had a good time. Takes me back years to when there were only fan run con's. Guests very relaxed and able to get good seats for the panels. Thanks guys .
Sarah Parker
· February 14, 2017
I love FCD events, I went to one of their events when they were held at the space centre and loved it then, I can't wait for this years, well done guys. 5*
Matthew Holt
· April 4, 2017
How conventions should be done. Will and David do it for the love, not money, and it shows. And their love is contagious.
Leigh Montgomery
· June 8, 2016
Great little event no rushing or big Qs.
Very friendly organisation and guests .
First proper star trek event I've been to .
Everyone was so friendly.
Definitely will be going again thanks .
Jess De Vries
· March 10, 2017
Amazing people, awesome guests, pretty much like family. Incredibly considerate and kind. Best convention in my book.
Paul 'Mad Dragon' Maxted
· April 6, 2017
I could prattle on about the virtues of FCD...but I think others have said it more eloquently.....so I will just say IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!
Adrian Keeley
· January 29, 2017
The organisers are passionate about providing the best convention experience you could have in the UK! Because of this FCD is always a highlight of my convention calendar!
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45 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

This week is anything I can find funny or uncanny

The things you must do to get a bit of Data…. Have you thought about going wireless?

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46 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

This week is anything I can find funny or uncanny

Even though this does not look like a funny photo, the story was....
Ellie had forgotten to have a selfie done with Bob Picardo and remembered just as he was getting in the car on the Sunday night, ready for his final departure.
I told her to go and ask if he minded, which she did, and he said, “no problem”
Ellie was extremely drunk. She also had a drink in her hand, which was in the way. So, she decided to put her drink on the slanted dashboard whilst she got her phone ready.
I was the other side of the car and saw what she had done with her drink and was watching it slowly making its way to the edge of the dash… I was waving like crazy to get their attention…
Fortunately, Bob noticed just in time and said to her “It may be a good idea if I hold your drink for you”. Thank goodness, he did, as I think it would have been a selfie she would have remembered as a “Not amused, soggy Bob Picardo” … lol
She now remembers it as “A near miss”.

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47 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

This week is anything I can find funny or uncanny

Looks like Neena was bedding down for the day…. She just needed a “Do NOT disturb” sign lol

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If you have any photos of past FCD events, send them to me in messenger and I will look at them being considered as "Photo of the day"

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48 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

This week is anything I can find funny or uncanny

This is lovely for a Sunday hehe…. Just showing what goes on behind the scenes at FCD events… ...
The thing that made me laugh so much, was not just the fact that someone has deliberately put tape over the bits, but more the length of the tape…
What WAS this manikin hiding??? Lol

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49 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

This week Lurve is in the air… I have chosen some photo’s which show the love at FCD

I started the week with me giving David a Hug, so I shall finish it with David giving me one

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If you have any photos of past FCD events, send them to me in messenger and I will look at them being considered as "Photo of the day"

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50 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

This week Lurve is in the air… I have chosen some photo’s which show the love at FCD

Well this guy Daniel can sing too… So, I bet he does a bit of serenading now and again

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If you have any photos of past FCD events, send them to me in messenger and I will look at them being considered as "Photo of the day"

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51 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

This week Lurve is in the air… I have chosen some photo’s which show the love at FCD

We celebrated another engagement at FCD last year… We love this couple to bits and they are both adorable Aron and Ma lisa … We are also pleased that they are a big part of our extended family xxx 😊

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52 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

This week Lurve is in the air… I have chosen some photo’s which show the love at FCD

This just had to be the photo for Valentines day… If I had to think of only three beautiful moments, this would have to be in that top three… It was so touching, there weren’t many dry eyes and all set up by a Klingon! 😊

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If you have any photos of past FCD events, send them to me in messenger and I will look at them being considered as "Photo of the day"

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53 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

This week Lurve is in the air… I have chosen some photo’s which show the love at FCD

They just have to do it !!!

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If you have any photos of past FCD events, send them to me in messenger and I will look at them being considered as "Photo of the day"

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54 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

This week Lurve is in the air… I have chosen some photo’s which show the love at FCD

Even the Guests at FCD, feel the love too, as Shanie (my adopted Granddaughter) found out from JG

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If you have any photos of past FCD events, send them to me in messenger and I will look at them being considered as "Photo of the day"

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55 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

This week Lurve is in the air… I have chosen some photo’s which show the love at FCD

I will start with a photo which has been requested several times, but I had not wanted to put it up, because of me being in it… In fact, when people have sent me photo’s, I cannot believe how many has included a photo of me… I am very touched with the gesture, but II want photos of you lot… or I will finish up having only one’s of me left in store an...d the last thing you want is a whole week of my mush 😉

If you have any photos of past FCD events, send them to me in messenger and I will look at them being considered as "Photo of the day"

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56 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

This week will be random memories for whatever reason.

Can someone tell me, what on earth David is sitting on?...
Been looking at this photo for ages and it just looks like he is sitting on fresh air …. Odd 😊

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Each day I will be putting a photo of the day of past FCD events... This will be right up till the OOTA Reunion Party on April 7th.
This is today's :-

57 Days to go to The OOTA Reunion Party...

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This week will be random memories for whatever reason.

Well, if anyone does not know who these two are, I would wonder how on earth you had missed them, as they must be the veterans of all conventions 😊

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This event is being held by fans of FCD Events to celebrate 1 year since our last event.

Why not come and join us as we remember our memories of that great weekend plus make a few new ones during what is sure to be a fun day & night

Limited space so book quickly

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