Gerry Anderson: "he fundamentally changed people's lives"
Gerry Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds, will be posthumously remembered at a Sci Fi weekend at the National Space Centre in Leicester.
The chairman of the Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society "Fanderson" spoke warmly of him after his death.
Nick Williams told ITV News that Anderson's shows had a huge influence on both the TV industry and his widespread audience, even inspiring several generations of aerospace engineers.
"We hear from people who grew up watching Thunderbirds, who say I wanted to be an aerospace engineer and I've gone to university and I've studied and I've done it because I was inspired"
Gerry Anderson posthumously remembered
The creator of the children's television series Thunderbirds, which began life on ATV in the Midlands in 1965, will be remembered today in Leicester at a science fiction festival.
Gerry Anderson died on Boxing Day last year aged 83 and a replica of Lady Penelope's pink Rolls Royce arrived at the service. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease since early 2010.
Thunderbirds creator remembered at sci-fi weekend
The life and work of Gerry Anderson, the creator of the sci-fi series Thunderbirds, will be honoured at a celebration of science fiction this weekend.
The BritSciFi3 event will be held at the National Space Centre in Leicester and exhibits will include the Parker and Penelope puppets and a full size replica of the Moonbase Control Centre.
The classic children's television series began life in the Midlands, on ATV in 1965.
Anderson died on Boxing Day last year and his funeral was a celebration of his life and work.