A public ballot has opened for tickets to Professor Stephen Hawking's thanksgiving service next month. The ashes of the Cambridge scientist will be interred at Westminster Abbey on June 15th.
The ashes of the physicist, who died on 14 March at the age of 76, will be interred between the graves of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. His three children, Robert, Lucy and Tim, are offering up to 1,000 free tickets to the public through the ballot system, run by the Stephen Hawking Foundation.
Set to be attended by Prof Hawking's family, friends, colleagues, academics and school children, Westminster Abbey will also be open to the public free of charge after the service so people can pay their respects at his grave.
The ticket ballot for the service of thanksgiving closes at midnight on May 15 and applications for tickets can be made by visiting www.stephenhawkinginterment.com