A WIDNES churchgoer rubbed shoulders with an astronaut who walked on the surface of the moon.
Runcorn-based Bramwell Morris, who has his accountancy firm on Albert Road, Widnes, and is a regular at Widnes Baptist Church, went to see his friend Ken Clapham, vicar of St Cuthbert's Methodist Church in Over Kellet in the Lake District and rubbed shoulders with General Charlie Duke, 70, who was giving a talk about his life as an astronaut.
Mr Morris joined Gen Duke and friends for dinner and a fascinating chat.
Mr Duke told the church's congregation: 'It was such a fantastic adventure and I still get excited by it. If people are genuinely interested in what the experience was like, then I get excited about it too.'
The Apollo 16 mission was launched on April 16, 1972, and lasted 11 days.
Gen Duke flew the Lunar Excursion Module to the surface with fellow astronaut John Young and went on moonwalks with the help of a moon buggy, during which they carried out geological surveys.
The pair set several records, collecting more than 90kg of rock samples, deploying more than 500kg of equipment on the lunar surface and spending more than 20 hours on the surface.
They discovered a huge freestanding rock, which Gen Duke dubbed House Rock.
He had previously been scheduled to fly the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission but ended up as part of Apollo 16, which was the penultimate manned moon mission.
His mission was not without incident, however - at one point he accidentally struck the moon buggy's bumper with a rock hammer, which ripped off part of a dust shield. The astronauts were driving around in a cloud of dust, which caused the vehicle's batteries to overheat.
Gen Duke also found problems with the containers used to carry rock samples and wished out loud he had brought a shopping bag.
Mr Morris said: 'Charlie told his story of how, a few years later, he had a bigger discovery when he became a Christian. Ken, Sue, Charlie and myself dined in the Carnforth Hotel before we went our separate ways.'