Game of Thrones star to open new comic and collectables store in Barnstaple
PUBLISHED: 11:20 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:36 14 November 2017
Ross Mullan, aka the White Walker, will be meeting fans and signing autographs at the new Eclectic shop in Queen Street.
A Barnstaple couple are hoping to bring some glitz, glamour and a bit of geek culture to the town.
Mark and Charlotte Gallagher are opening a bigger comic and collectable store in Queen Street next week – and they’ve invited a Game of Thrones star to cut the ribbon.
Ross Mullan, who plays the White Walker in the hit television series, will be meeting fans and signing autographs at the new Eclectic shop in Queen Street – two doors down from the current shop – on Saturday, November 25.
The couple met the actor at a fan convention in Reading and have stayed in touch ever since.
“We are very lucky that in the business we’re in, we get to meet famous people and some have turned into good friends,” said Charlotte, aged 45.
“Ross has been really supportive of our business and we are very excited to have him coming to North Devon to do this for us and bring a bit of screen glamour with him.”
Ross, who starred in seasons two, three and four of Game of Thrones and has also appeared in Dr Who, Clash of the Titans – and was also eaten by a shark in this year’s Sharknado Five – told the Gazette he was looking forward to meeting fans in Barnstaple.
“I always enjoy meting fans and fan conventions take me all over the world; I’ve just come back from conventions in Mexico and Clethorpes and am in Vienna next week,” he said.
“They’re great because you get the chance to meet a lot of fans – something you don’t often get the chance to do in film and television work in the same way as you do in theatre.
“People are generally enthusiastic and they are a great opportunity for people to express their gratitude for what you do.
“It’s one of the things that transcends all culture; there’s a geeky side to every culture and I find it really fascinating.”
Eclectic, which specialises in autographed comic, film, TV and sporting items, started life as a stall selling vintage toys in Barnstaple Pannier Market nearly 30 years ago.
Owner Mark, now 45, was a teenager at the time, but went into business as a way to buy the toys he could never afford as a child.
“Basically, I’ve always loved playing with toys and began to collect them and sell them,” said Mark, who was born in Barnstaple and went to Park School.
“It developed from there really; I opened a shop in Bear Street and Charlotte and I opened the shop in Queen Street in 2012.
“We’ve got a good customer base who have been here a long time; the business has grown and we’ve now had to move to bigger premises.
“Nostalgia is really popular – it always has been; people of our age are looking for the things they played with and remember from their own childhoods.”
But Mark is the first to admit he finds it difficult to sell some of the items that come his way, including a beloved pair of yellow boots signed by American wrestling star Hulk Hogan.
“It’s nice to be able to bring a bit of glitz and glamour to Barnstaple; we love this town and that’s kind of what we’re trying to do,” he added.