Plans have been made to honour Sir Patrick Moore by granting his dying wish to convert his house, Farthings at Selsey, into a museum featuring an array of telescopes, xylophones and memorabilia from his illustrious career.
The great Astronomer, Author and Television Presenter insisted that his house be an inspiration to future astronomers. A close friend of his told reporters
“Sir Patrick always wanted to turn the house into an astronomy centre that would help inspire a new generation of stargazers.”
Patrick spent almost 50 years living at the property in Selsey, Nr Chichester, West Sussex, which boasts an impressive observatory that enabled him to broadcast eight years of his famous television show, The Sky at Night, from the house.
When speaking of the house, Patrick Moore enthused:
“As soon as I came in, I said, ‘This is where I want to live.’ I liked everything about this old house and still do.”
He expressed his willingness to allow people into his home, saying
“I’m always glad to see people and, if they want to see through my telescopes, I’m quite happy to show them. I’ll always put people up; I’ve got plenty of room.”
For the transit of Venus in June 2012, at the age of 89, he hosted a party of enthusiasts at his house, who decamped to East Beach to observe the event in the small hours of the morning.
He was evidently a true gentleman and a legend of British television that will be missed.
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