Goblin King of Hobbit fame visits Rushmere

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WITH the movie award season in full swing, Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon was the unexpected destination for one of The Hobbit’s biggest stars - the Goblin King - which arrived on Tuesday.

Played by Barry Humphries in the three-times Oscar-nominated hit film, the leader of the goblins arrived in the heart of Craigavon as a giant, 10-feet-high sculpture which was produced by artists from D-Signs+Displays based in Coalisland.

Hundreds of surprised shoppers marvelled at the life-like Goblin, which will be featured prominently in the centre from now until Sunday, January 20.

Rushmere is inviting all movie enthusiasts down to the centre for a closer look of the Goblin King. However, the popular personality isn’t the only Hollywood character gracing Rushmere this week as the Emerald Garrison, a Star Wars fan club, will also be patrolling the mall this Saturday, January 19.

Shoppers can expect to see a mixture of popular fiction characters, including Storm Troopers and even Darth Vader himself, invade the centre to raise money for Buddy Bear, a Dungannon-based charity which helps children with cerebral palsy and motor disorders.

Martin Walsh, Centre Manager at Rushmere Shopping Centre, said: “We’re delighted to welcome these popular movie characters to the mall. The Goblin King sculpture is seriously impressive and definitely worth a visit. The fact that we will end a Hollywood-inspired week with a fundraising event for Buddy Bear is a fantastic way to kick off 2013 for the centre.

“This action packed week is sure to be lots of fun for all the family.”