Tim Peake has confirmed on the Chichester Observer Facebook page that he will return to the city soon for a special talk.
It will coincide with the Westbourne astronaut being honoured with the Freedom of the City, and is likely to take place later this year.
Commenting on a story on the Observer Facebook page which stated that Major Tim does not want a parade, as the city council had wanted, the astronaut said: “No need for disappointment...my next visit to Chichester, following my visit last week to the Novium museum, will be a great opportunity to hold a public talk and to engage with many more adults and students who have shown such fantastic support for mission Principia.
“The parade was a fun idea but I prefer to talk, meet with people and answer questions about space, science and exploration.”
The idea was first suggested by young Chichester student Rufus Knight. Major Tim added: “I’ve met Rufus several times now and I know that he will understand this too.”
The city council hopes to hold the talk and Freedom ceremony at Chichester Festival Theatre later this year, with the ESA to confirm a date.
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