Tributes to Selsey stargazer Sir Patrick Moore still going strong

Dr John Mason who gave an entertaining talk on the life of Sir Patrick Moore   Picture by Louise Adams

Dr John Mason who gave an entertaining talk on the life of Sir Patrick Moore Picture by Louise Adams

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FRIENDS of stargazer Sir Patrick Moore are keeping his memory alive.

Last Tuesday (August 20), long-time friend Dr John Mason of the South Downs Planetarium led a tribute to the man at the Selsey Centre.

He said 190 people attended to see unseen photographs, and hear new material from Sir Patrick’s archives.

These included poetry and plays never seen before – including a comedy version of Romeo and Juliet.

There was a music interval where Chris Beaumont played some of Sir Patrick’s songs on the xylophone.

“We are very keen to carry on his name and his legacy,” said Dr Mason.

Part of the plan to keep Sir Patrick’s legacy going is to set up a Sir Patrick Moore Heritage Centre.

“We’re looking for a site in the Chichester area, with a reasonable clear sky view,” said Dr Mason.

He said the centre would house Sir Patrick’s telescopes, which could be used by the public to stargaze.

The centre will be linked with the South Downs Planetarium, but Dr Mason said they are looking for somewhere outside of the city.

He said if anyone knows of a site they should call him at the planetarium on 01243 774400.

Not only that, but on Tuesday (September 3), Selsey Cricket Club will unveil a plaque in honour of Sir Patrick at the pavilion, with champagne and refreshments, in honour of their patron.

There are also plans to get a blue plaque on Farthings, Sir Patrick’s home in Selsey.

Blue Plaques are given out by English Heritage, who place them on the homes of notable figures around the country.