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VIDEO - The force is with you at York Maze

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6:02am 14th July 2017
(Updated 1:01pm 14th July 2017)

In a maize field far, far away, farmer and Star Wars fan Tom Pearcy has carved a giant image of some of the original Star Wars characters into his field of maize plants near York to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic film franchise. Covering an area of over 15 acres the York Maze is believed to be the world’s biggest Star Wars fan art ever created, as well as being a maze for visitors to get lost in.

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Says Tom Pearcy,

“As a child I was captivated by the Star Wars story George Lucas created, and wanted to do something out of this world to mark the 40th anniversary. There are so many iconic characters featured in the movies, but there just isn’t space in my maize field to feature them all! One of the hardest decisions in designing the maze, was who to leave out.”

The York Maze design features the images of Darth Vader, Han Solo, C-3PO and Chewbacca. It also includes an image of the Death Star. The pathways in the field form an intricate maze for visitors to explore. The York Maze is believed to be the largest maze in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

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Star Wars fans turned out in force, and in costume, for the launch of the Star Wars tribute maze and were first to get lost in the passageways. Darth Vader, several Imperial Storm Troopers, Princes Leia, Chewbacca and even C-3PO and R2D2 found themselves lost amongst the miles of maze pathways that make up the York Maze.

The York Maze Star Wars 40th Anniversary tribute maze is open for visitors to explore this summer from Saturday 15th July to Monday 4th September 2017, when the maize will be harvested and fed to the cows. For details of opening times visit www.yorkmaze.co.uk.

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