Seeing stars at Wynyard planetarium

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CIVIC dignitaries from across the region saw stars when they visited a planetarium.

Mayors from the North-East and North Yorkshire attended a presentation of what the planetarium at Wynyard Woodland Park has to offer.

More than 20 civic guests watched the Planetarium Show in which images of the star system are projected onto a dome screen.

They then joined members of Cleveland and Darlington Astronomical Society and Durham Astronomical Society to view the stars through telescopes.

The visit was organised by Stockton Council, which manages the planetarium, to help raise its profile.

Stockton Mayor councillor Colin Leckonby said: “We are currently looking at how we can secure the future of the Planetarium as we review all our services, and raising awareness of what it has to offer will help us achieve this.

“The event went really well and I’d like to think our guests will help spread the word about this marvellous facility after their visit and encourage more people to visit.”

The council is exploring how the planetarium can be run while reducing running costs and is speaking to interested parties.

One option could be to make it a not-for-profit trust.