Gerry Anderson remembered

The creator of the children's classic television series Thunderbirds, Gerry Anderson, will be remembered at a science fiction weekend at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

Gerry Anderson: "he fundamentally changed people's lives"

Gerry Anderson to be remembered in Leicester Credit: Haydn West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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"

Nick Williams, chairman of the Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society Credit: ITV News

Gerry Anderson posthumously remembered

A special arrival at Gerry Anderson's funeral Credit: ITV News Meridian

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.

Gerry Anderson Credit: PA

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Thunderbirds creator remembered at sci-fi weekend

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson Credit: Haydn West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.