Star Wars Day: Edinburgh's links with the galaxy far, far away

Firstly, May the 4th be with you. Star Wars Day has become even more popular in recent years thanks to the growth of social media and Disneys ownership of the franchise.

May 4th marks Star Wars Day. Picture; AP

What started out as a pun amongst fellow fans “May the 4th be with you.” has launched one of the most popular days on the calendar for many.

The date was chosen for the easy pun on the catchphrase “May the Force be with you” and has become a global event.

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However, while Star Wars Day is celebrated across the world, there are a number of links to Scotland and Edinburgh.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Picture contributed.

For example, Ewan McGregor played Obi-Wan Kenobi and Han Solo has been to Skye, not the Scottish island, but the fictional planet Skye.

Here are some links between the Galaxy far far away and the Scottish Capital

Edinburgh’s biggest Star Wars link is that Angus MacInnes, the actor who played Gold Leader in the first Star Wars movie, lives happily in Joppa.

Angus, originally from Canada, played Jon ‘Dutch’ Vander, the leader of Gold Squadron, part of the rebel attack which successfully destroyed the Death Star in Episode IV: A New Hope. Angus also founded Mamma’s restaurant in the Grassmarket with wife Kate.

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: A New Hope. File Pic

Mamma’s celebrated 30 years with a Star Wars themed birthday party. Pizzas included: Ham Solo, Cheese-3-PO, BBQ-D-2, Boba Feta and Darth Veggie.

The set of the Stars Wars: The Force Awakens underwent an emergency evacuation after the cast were smoked out by celebrity chef Tom Kitchin. Tom, who has restaurants at the Shore and Stockbridge, was cooking for Steve Jones and Lisa Snowdon ahead of the live Weekend Kitchen programme when he filled a neighbouring studio with smoke.

Bathgate-born actor David Tennant, provided the voice for a robot in two episodes of animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, below?

Edinburgh illustrator Tanya Roberts provided art work for Star Wars: The Clone Wars comics.

Ewan McGregor, left, as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker in a scene from "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith." Picture; AP

Ian McDiarmid, who played the villain emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars blockbuster series, is to play politician Enoch Powell in a theatre show in Edinburgh.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Picture contributed.
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: A New Hope. File Pic
Ewan McGregor, left, as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker in a scene from "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith." Picture; AP