Leicester

Two million visitors at Space Centre, Leicester

The National Space Centre in Leicester has welcomed the two millionth visitor through its doors - a family from Berkshire.

The attraction, co-founded by Leicester City Council and the University of Leicester, opened in June 2001.

The centre celebrated its one millionth visitor in 2005.

It now attracts people from all over the world and in the past nine years, more than 450,000 schoolchildren have visited the site.

The centre's two millionth visitor was a man who had travelled there with his children at the weekend.

Organisers said the news he was a milestone visitor was a "complete surprise" to him.

He won five years free admission to the centre for him and his family, as well as an evening this December in the company of UK-born astronaut Piers Sellers.

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