A WORLDWIDE phenomenon is coming to Leigh for the first time.

Dr Who stars John Leeson, Rosie Jane and Jon Davey will be among the famous faces at the Comic-Con event at Leigh Leisure Centre on Saturday, November 25.

Comic book conventions have steadily grown in popularity since Comic-Con International was launched in San Diego in 1970 and now imitation events are held across the globe.

They attract some of the biggest names in film and TV as special guests.

The inaugural event in Leigh is being organised by North West Comic-Con and will include talks surrounding Marvel and DC comics as well as independent artists showcasing their work.

Event organiser Paul Prescott said: “We have decided to bring Comic-Con to Leigh because we have had a lot of people from the town coming to our events in Wigan and Bolton so we know there is interest.

“We hope it will prove to be a hit which becomes an annual event like our others.”

Based inside Leigh Sports Village, the leisure centre will host a cosplay competition on the day with a prize going to the best comic book-inspired outfit.

A retro computer museum will give gamers the chance to play on 20 consoles from previous generations, such as the ZX Spectrum and Sega Megadrive.

There will also be 10 classic arcade games available on the day.

Props from film and TV shows will be on display and there will be opportunities to have photographs taken with the famous guests.

For example visitors can have their picture taken with John Leeson, his character K-9 and the iconic police box Tardis.

Tickets for the event start from £6, with family passes available for £18.

To buy tickets visit funkyfigures.co.uk.