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Visitors flock to Droitwich Space Day

Droitwich Editorial 26th Mar, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

RESIDENTS young and old had a blast at the annual Space Day held at Droitwich Library on Saturday (March 21).

This year’s event, which was officially opened by Droitwich Mayor, Coun Bob Brookes, was the biggest one yet, featuring 21 exhibitor stands.

Among the items on display were rarely seen artefacts from past British Rocket and Space programmes and, in the late afternoon, a film on the Skylark sounding rocket was shown to a packed audience – it was standing room only. The film was originally made for the space industry is thought to have never been seen by the public before.

Dr Gabby Provan of the University of Leicester brought a fascinating piece of equipment which was able to create aurora light displays and the build a model spacecraft competition was also a big hit. Organisers say that will be a feature of future Space Days.

Mark Perman FBIS, the honorary secretary of the West Midlands branch of the British Interplanetary Society, said: “If you missed Space Day, never fear – many of the exhibitors are planning to have stands at this year’s Droitwich Salt Fest. so come along and share the wonder and excitement of Space.”

We have lift off! – Mayor, Coun Bob Brookes with Harvey Edwards, eight, and his sister Sophie Edwards, six, who entered their rockets into the model rocket competition. 1315014ABR3

Writing stars – Bromsgrove author Carmen Capuano was among the authors at the event. She was signing copies of her series of sci-fi books The Owners. 1315014ABR4

A welcome boost – Harry Wilcox, seven, having fun on the Spaceboosters stand. 1315014ABR6

Oliver Knight (4) taking a look at the rockets on display at the Secret Islands visitor centre stand with his mum and dad Trevor and Amanda Knight. 1315014ABR1

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