Memorial observatory to Sir Patrick Moore will not be built

Sir Patrick Moore
Sir Patrick Moore

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AN OBSERVATORY in memory of astronomer Patrick Moore will not go ahead.

The tribute to Sir Patrick, pictured, will not be built because it would not be financially viable.

Had it gone ahead, the memorial to the celebrated Selsey astronomer could have been constructed on the Oval Field at the southern-most tip of the town.

But a feasibility study from the Selsey Coastal Trust found the proposed small observatory – with telescopes for stargazing, a cafe and toilets – would not have brought in the money necessary to make it a viable option.

Mike Beal, town council chairman, said: ‘My view on this is that the last thing Sir Patrick would have wanted was a statue or a plaque, because that’s not doing anything.

‘He was a man who did stuff, which is why the coastal trust was looking at the observatory. It was an active memorial and not something passive.’

The astronomer died at the age of 89 in December 2012 after living in Selsey for many years.

‘The challenge now is for Selsey to come up with a fitting memorial to Sir Patrick, added Cllr Beal.

It was hoped the observatory’s income would have helped fund new sea defences.