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Full show notes here As a child he wasn’t encouraged by teachers to explore his love for science. Destined to follow the well trodden path of ‘getting a trade’ he worked on building sites for 25 years. As an astronomer in his mid thirties, he joined the Sunderland Astronomical Society. By 2002 he started the Kielder forest star camp, and a year later it would start a path that would change his life forever, in ways he hadn’t imagined. Hear the incredible story of Gary Fildes in a special live broadcast fireside chat with Ian Farrar, host of The Industry Angel Business Podcast. Ian and Gary discuss; Early days on building sites Where the passion began for Astronomy First visit to Kielder Sunderland Astronomical society Kielder Forest Star Camp Building/Designing the Observatory Influencing Children What can you see from the Observatory? Self-Sustainability Observatory Chille Dark Skies Documentary Other Exciting areas to visit Northumberland Dark Skies Status