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Public ballot opens for Hawking thanksgiving service

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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.

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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.

Lucy Hawking with her father in 2015 Credit: PA

"We are so grateful to Westminster Abbey for offering us the privilege of a service of thanksgiving for the extraordinary life of our father and for giving him such a distinguished final resting place.

We are also very pleased to be able to offer tickets to the public so that our father's many admirers will have the chance to join in the service."

– Lucy Hawking, Prof. Hawking's daughter

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 service will be held at Westminster Abbey next month Credit: PA

"The service of thanksgiving for the life and work of Stephen Hawking will celebrate not only his remarkable achievements as a scientist, but also his character and endurance through his years living with a devastating illness"

– The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, The Dean of Westminster

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

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