People set up their picnics in groups around the garden, while talks were held in the main marquee, and stands with a raffle, BIS information and models were there to browse. Halfway through the afternoon, they opened up the telescopes for people to admire. My friend Amjad, who I met in Florida at the launch of STS-135, was excited to see these:
|Nick, myself, Amjad and Angela|
My friend Angela, who I also met in Florida at the launch of STS-135, went to talk to Sir Patrick:
|Sir Patrick, Colin Philp (BIS), Angela|
My friend Nick was a lucky winner in the raffle, and helped Sir Patrick select the next ticket:
|Sir Patrick, Colin, Nick|
Several members of UKSEDS were in attendance:
|Ryan, Nancy, Richard, myself, Sir Patrick|
On leaving the picnic, my friend pointed out the wonderful weather vane on Sir Patrick’s chimney, as pictured below.
|Sir Patrick’s wind vane|
A true giant and champion of astronomy and science in the UK, it was an honour and privilege to meet him.