Sir Patrick Moore dies, aged 89

Sir Patrick Moore.
Sir Patrick Moore.

Selsey’s popular astronomer and resident Sir Patrick Moore has died, aged 89.

A statement by his friends and staff said: “After a short spell in hospital last week, it was determined that no further treatment would benefit him, and it was his wish to spend his last days in his own home, Farthings, where he today passed on, in the company of close friends and carers and his cat Ptolemy.

“Over the past few years, Patrick, an inspiration to generations of astronomers, fought his way back from many serious spells of illness and continued to work and write at a great rate, but this time his body was too weak to overcome the infection which set in, a few weeks ago.”

Sir Patrick was a patron of the South Downs Planetarium & Science Centre in Chichester and was a key figure in the establishment of the International Birdman event in Bognor Regis, which was initially held in Selsey.

He was an enthusiastic amateur cricketer, playing for the Selsey Cricket Club well into his seventies, and was an active vice president of Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital in Sidlesham for many years.