The Lord Mayor of London’s Square Mile, The Lord Mountevans, has sent New Year wishes to British astronaut Tim Peake:
“Many of us in the City of London have followed Principia extremely closely and take a great deal of pride in your role on the International Space Station. I am sure that you can help to inspire a new generation of young people to enjoy science, technology, engineering and maths – as well as inspiring some of us slightly older children to look at the world with more curious eyes.”
The Lord Mayor has also sent his wishes to polar explorer Henry Worsley, who is trekking the Antarctic alone. In his message he said: “Many of us in the City of London are following your progress extremely closely and take a great deal of pride in your inspiring trek, one that echoes the ambition of Shackleton and your kinsman over a century ago. I am particularly delighted that coverage has included such prominent references to the British Armed Forces.
“I am that sure that you can help to inspire a new generation of young people – and perhaps us slightly older people as well – to look at this most remote corner of the world with renewed interest, appreciation and wonder.”
The Lord Mountevans’s own grandfather Edward Evans was also an explorer who participated in the taskforce which was sent to relieve Scott’s first expedition to the Antarctic. He was then second in command for Scott’s final expedition six years later.