Meteorite to be the centre of village’s celebrations

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A meteorite which landed in a village near Peterborough 21 years ago is being brought back and exhibited there as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

On May 5 1991, a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite fell from the sky and landed in the front garden of Arthur Pettifor’s home in Glatton.

Mr Pettifor, who was 80 at the time and has since died, noticed that the object was warm to touch and eventually sold it to the Natural History Museum in London.

The meteorite, which is now part of the museum’s permanent collection, will be brought back on Saturday and put on display in the village hall from 1pm to 5pm.

Bob Widd, who is helping to organise the event, said: “The unique part of the story is that it is the last recorded meteorite to have landed in England, and this, along with its complex chemical compound, makes it an extremely rare and valuable discovery.

“So, although Glatton maybe a small parish, it will have something this Saturday that no other village in the UK can possibly match.

“The meteorite will be on special loan for the day from the Natural History Museum in London and will be exhibited by the museum’s Dr Caroline Smith.

“The British and Irish Meteorological Society are also going to be present with sections of other meteorites, which can be viewed under a microscope, and a visual display explaining all about these rocks from outer space.”

The celebrations in Glatton start at 10.30am this Saturday, beginning with an 8km guided walk around the Parish of Glatton led by Ken Clarke.

The village fete starts at 2pm in the grounds of Glatton Hall and the village centre.

Other attractions include traditional stalls and games, bouncy castle, a Bird of Prey display, a traditional village tea-party, classic car display, pony riding, ice-cream van, a fancy dress competition – themed ‘Best of British’, parachuting teddy bear competition from the church tower and culminating in a disco in the village hall at 7.30pm.