TRIBUTES have been paid to the Patrick Moore of Rosliston, who has died suddenly at the age of 83.
Peter Bolas was the founding member of the Rosliston Astronomy Group, and led monthly sessions at the village’s Forestry Centre for many years.
He was also a ‘leading light’ in facilitating many scientific events at the centre, which have introduced aspects of the natural world to people of all ages.
“He was always looking for ways to give people opportunities to learn about science. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about it, and he wanted to share it with other people,” said Kate Allies, from the centre.
“He was also a really nice guy. He was a real gentleman, he was very caring and he was our friend. We will miss him for so many reasons.”
As well as establishing the astronomy group, Mr Bolas was also behind activities organised to mark National Science Week at the centre. Many of the initiatives he started up have become established features at the centre, and others will be carried on.
One element of his legacy will be the continuation of a project to set up a camera obscura at Rosliston, and plans to put in place a science festival for schools in the area.
His work will also carry on through the astronomy group.
Andrew Thornett, who has been a member of the group for a number of years, told the Mail: “He was very much a leading light for us. He was a Patrick Moore type figure and so many people were inspired by him. He had been around for so long and he knew so much that just by being there he was inspirational. He would always help.
“His big thing was to try to encourage the younger generation to get involved in science. He was very keen to involve others in science and astronomy was part of that.
“He will be sorely missed by the group, and we have some big shoes to fill.”
Mr Bolas was also a member of Birmingham Astronomy Society, and he took part in the national Stargazing Live event, which was hosted by well-known particle physicist Professor Brian Cox and TV presenter Dara Ó Briain.