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Friends and family to remember Sir Patrick Moore

Sir Patrick Moore died aged 89, last December Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Archive

A memorial to Sir Patrick Moore is due to be held this evening on what would have been his 90th birthday. The astronomer and broadcaster died at the age of 89, last December, in West Sussex.

Despite his international reputation, Sir Patrick made his home in Selsey where he became involved with local community matters.

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Charity reacts to 'cat lover' Moore's death

Patrick Moore, flanked by former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips and Wendy Turner in 1997 at Arthur's Cat Awards Credit: PA

Following the death of Sir Patrick Moore, Sussex charity Cats Protection said: “We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sir Patrick.

"A dedicated and lifelong cat lover, Sir Patrick supported Cats Protection in many ways over the years, from donating funds through his book sales to hosting fundraising garden parties at his home in West Sussex on behalf of his local Cats Protection branch.

"He was a special man who had cats at his heart and will be sorely missed by us all.”

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Sir Patrick Moore hosts Sky at Night in September

Sir Patrick Moore hosted an episode of Sky at Night in September where he reflected on the lives on Neil Armstrong and Bernard Lovell.

Moore, British television's longest serving presenter, hosted the monthly documentary since its first airing on 24 April 1957 until his death today.

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Brian May: Sir Patrick was 'very peaceful in his last hours'

Dr Brian May had been visiting Sir Patrick Moore during his recent illness and yesterday appealing for messages from his Twitter follows to take to the ailing astronomer.

Today he thanked those who had sent Sir Patrick messages and said that he was, 'very peaceful in his last hours':

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'Sir Patrick was one of the great educators of television'

Acting Director of BBC television Roger Mosey has posted his tribute to Sir Patrick Moore on Twitter:

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