European champ of Star Wars

Jonathan Thompson was just one when Star Wars first went where no man has gone before.

Now, 30 years on, the sci-fi saga has claimed its place in the movie hall of fame and Jonathan, one of its biggest fans, has an untouchable collection of arcade games relating to the big screen classic.

The entrepreneur, who lives in Goosnargh, near Preston, owns more than 40 original arcade games and more than 300 games and artifacts dating back to the 1970s and 80s.

Having snapped them up in the early 90s he is now cashing-in on the retro gaming revival.

The games are set to take pride of place at the official Star Wars Celebration Europe at Earl's Court in London next month.

The former University of Central Lancashire student said: "I have the biggest collection of Star Wars-related arcade games in Europe and I am absolutely thrilled that they are going to appear as I am a massive fan of the movie.

"When I purchased a lot of my collection they were virtually begging me to take them away.

"A lot of them came when Southport Pleasure Beach closed down.

"Now there is a big revival in classic retro video games you will probably find each game is worth about 5,000, so that is over a million for the entire collection."

JT, as he is known, has his own business, Voyager Arcade, buying, selling and renting the machines, a clothing range, Joystick Junkies, and he has even created his own profile on online encyclopedia Wikipedia, which only accepts a select few entries.

Now, he is looking to set up a museum dedicated to the passion of his life.