Hot Wampa, a Star Wars and science fiction podcast set up by three Ely friends, hopes to become an ‘online legacy’ for three year old Ethan

Hot Wampa

Hot Wampa - Credit: Archant

An Ely man who fears cancer may cut short his life has teamed up with friends to create an online legacy for his son.

Hot Wampa's Mark Daws, Paul Cowley and Dave Marrs

Hot Wampa's Mark Daws, Paul Cowley and Dave Marrs - Credit: Archant

Paul Cowley, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a form of cancer - decided he wanted something for his three-year-old son Ethan to remember him by.

He got together with Mark Daws and Dave Marrs – all friends from their days at Ely College - to create a podcast which focuses on “sci fi and general chatter with a Fenland twist”.

The podcast – Hot Wampa - takes it name from the snow beast in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.

The podcast has since grown to attract thousands of downloads per fortnightly show and is now on its 12th episode.

Mr Daws said: “We started Hot Wampa because Paul, who is a big lover of Star Wars and science-fiction, was diagnosed with mesothelioma a while ago.

“The reason we got together in the first place was to ensure that, should his life be taken tragically early, his three-year-old son Ethan would have an online legacy to listen to in the future.

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“Fortunately for us all Paul’s condition at present is stable. “Although he does tire easily, his dedication to the podcast and the enjoyment we all have recording every two weeks on Sunday’s makes it all a worthwhile cause.”

Mr Daws said the podcast is split into three parts.

“The first part of the podcast is Star Wars based, the second features interesting facts about a specific film and the third and final part is based on interesting Fenland stories that have got us laughing or cross,” he said.

“We dedicate our own time and effort in ensuring that the production is at the best quality possible using our basic tech and know-how.”

He added: “I’m hoping that we continue to grow. It would be nice to start interviewing some people as well, but we want to keep it local.”

To download the podcasts for free, visit