An astronomer from Earby was featured in a BBC stargazing programme.

Martin Lunn MBE, who runs the Earby Astronomical Society, made a presentation to 400 people at the Yorkshire Museum, York, for a broadcast on Stargazing Live, a BBC Two programme which has just aired its third series.

After Martin, former curator of astronomy at the museum, appeared on the programme, he and his fellow society members celebrated by holding a star party of their own at All Saints Church in Earby.

He said that about 50 people attended, most being members of the new group, which was formed in October.

“Space and astronomy is such a popular pastime,” said Martin, 55. “We already have 30 to 35 members.”

With the success of the party, Martin said he would organise more “starbecues”, an American idea which is essentially a barbecue under the stars involving “lots of telescopes, astronomers and food”.

Martin, who was awarded his MBE in 1998 for services to astronomy and education, said the Earby group had proved very popular as it not only included residents from Earby and Barnoldswick, but also people from all over Pendle borough.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the society should e-mail Martin on