TV Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore will be sadly missed by all his Nottingham fans
I first met Sir Patrick Moore in April 1981 when he came to the Victoria Hotel in Nottingham to give a lecture about the planet Mars for Nottingham Astronomical Society, where I interviewed him for the Evening Post.
I asked Patrick 'How do you find Nottingham?' And he gave his famous reply "Normally I join London to Bristol with a line, and when I cross north over it I look out for artic foxes!"
He said that he had been to Nottingham a number of times since WWII, and once played a charity match at Trent Bridge to help restore the cricket ground which "had got knocked about a bit by the bombing."
He has conducted a number of public lectures at Nottingham Concert Hall for his many fans since then, and also chose Nottingham to launch his new book 'Patrick Moore on Mars' at a public event on 2nd September 1999, at Waterston's in Bridlesmith Gate.
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At this event I asked Sir Patrick Moore what would happen to his long running program The Sky at Night after he was gone? "That's not for me to decide", he said. "It's entirely up to the BBC, although I would like the program to continue for all the generations of fans who watch the show every month."
So a great many of his Nottingham fans have had the chance to meet Sir Patrick Moore over the years, and he will be sadly missed -- he was a nice friend.
His last book 'The Cosmic Tourist', co authored with Dr Chris Lintott & Dr Brian May has just been published and is available in local book shops.