Chichester left ‘disappointed’ as no plans made for Tim Peake’s return

Tim Peake Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Tim Peake Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
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Hopes for astronaut Tim Peake to return to his home city soon are slowly diminishing after news that he will be making a visit to The University of Portsmouth before returning to Chichester.

It was revealed on Monday that Westbourne-born Tim will visit the Hampshire university in November to speak to the next generation of students about his adventures in space.

But the news was not met so positively in Chichester, with plans for the ‘Tim Peake parade’ stagnating as no dates have been set for the astronaut’s grand return.

City council clerk Rodney Duggua said: “People are now asking me why it is possible for Tim to be at an event some 17 miles distant in Portsmouth and at York a few days later but not in Chichester.

“All I can say is that is how the Space Agency have arranged things.

“It is something the city council has no influence upon.

“Tim’s attendance at these long standing conferences has been listed as being subject to operational commitments of which he has a great many following his safe return.”

He added: “Once we hit mid November there are issues involving the use of the precinct that rule out a freedom parade taking place anyway, so we have to accept neither the freedom ceremony nor freedom parade will be happening this year, which is a shame.

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