REGIONAL: Tim Peake given freedom of city

Tim Peake spent six months in space, flying up in a Soyuz TMA-19M rocket (right) in December 2015. Pictures: NASA
Tim Peake spent six months in space, flying up in a Soyuz TMA-19M rocket (right) in December 2015. Pictures: NASA
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ASTRONAUT Tim Peake is to be given the freedom of his home city.

Chichester City Council will award the highest honour it can bestow on Major Peake at a ceremony today.

Mayor Peter Evans will present the title at the Chichester Festival Theatre before Maj Peake, 45, talks about the European Space Agency’s Principia Mission.

Young people in the audience will have the chance to quiz the first British astronaut to carry out a spacewalk and meet him.

Major Peake was born in Chichester and attended the West Sussex city’s High School For Boys, which has named its science centre after him.