Excitement builds ahead of Tim Peake's visit to Chichester

The theatre foyer was packed as people gathered for the ceremony
The theatre foyer was packed as people gathered for the ceremony

Crowds are packing in to Chichester Festival Theatre this afternoon to see Tim Peake touch down for a special visit.

The astronaut is to be presented with the Freedom of the City, a very special honour bestowed by the city council, in a ceremony starting at 2.30pm.

Speaking to the Observer, Mayor of Chichester Peter Evans said: "It's really great that we have got a young man who has grown up on Chichester and blossomed.

"He was up in space communicating with schools, colleges and universities, sharing his experience. He's a great advocate of space and mankind."

See the video interview with cllr Evans on our Facebook page here.