FORMER Stratford-upon-Avon mayor, Cyril Bennis, will be the first Irishman into space, ahead of Sir Bob Geldolf, the ex-Boomtown Rat.
A delighted Cyril contacted the Herald from America this week to say that he’d signed on the dotted line of his space contract and that virtually guaranteed him the No 7 lift-off spot on the XCOR spacecraft sometime next year.
Cyril’s £64,000 ticket and his signature is enough to secure his space odyssey and take him 64 miles above the earth’s surface at 2,000 mph.
“It was a very emotional moment when I signed the contract,” he said.
“It was such a feeling of exhilaration that I am now close to the culmination of a dream that I have worked towards for many years.
"It's amazing to think that mere mortals like myself now have the opportunities for space training and travel that previously only highly specialised astronauts had.
"And of course, I could not have done this without my wife Roxanne, my own personal ground control!”
The race to become the first Irishman in space took a new twist when Sir Bob claimed the accolade in September after he announced his intention to reach for the stars using the same space corporation Cyril had already been training with.
Currently, there’s no news of Sir Bob’s impending take off time but he needs to get a move on because according to him mankind will be extinct by 2030 due to climate change.
However, the Irish space race looks as though it might be over.
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