BBC astronomer and presenter to host school fundraiser in Alburgh

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BBC ‘star’ Mark Thompson — perhaps best known from his role as presenter of ‘Stargazing Live’ — will host an evening of astronomy and live demonstrations in Alburgh next month.

The man known as the ‘People’s Astronomer’, who is based in South Norfolk, will take a break from his nationwide tour to visit Alburgh Village Hall on Friday, March 4, at 7pm. Funds raised will go to Alburgh and Denton CE Primary School.

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

“I’m really excited about bringing my show to South Norfolk, to talk about space on my home territory and to be able to support the local school,” he said. “We will be conducting live science experiments, showing stunning images taken by space piercing telescopes and, weather permitting, we will view the mighty planet Jupiter through my telescope.”

Gill Hipwell, Chair of Governors at the school, added: “It’s wonderful of Mark to host this exciting astronomy evening in support of our school. The money raised from this event and others like it enable us to continually provide the best education possible for our pupils and meet all their individual needs.”

Tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for 12-18 year olds, and refreshments and a cash bar will be available on the night. For more or to reserve a ticket, email Zoë Brown at friendsadschool@gmail.com and by going to the Facebook group, Friends of Alburgh with Denton School Public Events

I’m really excited about bringing my show to South Norfolk, to talk about space on my home territory and to be able to support the local school

Mark Thompson