Dinner to mark 50 years since famous satellite find

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A celebration dinner marking 50 years since a small group of Kettering Grammar School pupils made technological history is being held on Friday, October 14, at the town’s Park Hotel.

In 1966, the group of radio enthusiasts were able to use primitive radio technology to track the movement of satellites launched by the Soviet Union.

Their findings, which included that the satellites were being launched from sites 2,000 miles away from where the Russians claimed, were eventually published and picked up by newspapers in the US, including the Washington Post.

The story of the team was later told in a documentary called Sputnik, Bleeps and Mr Perry.

The three course dinner is being hosted by Kettering Civic Society and will feature a talk by Bob Christy – one of the Kettering Grammar School pupils who was part of the team.

Tickets for the evening are £30 for members of Kettering Civic Society and £35 for non-members.

People are asked to book tickets before next Friday, October 6.

To book a place, either email kettcivic@gmail.com or phone 01536 723682.