Alex’s tribute to Captain Scott

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A former Whaley Bridge man is marking the centenary of the death of Antarctic explorer Captain Scott by spending a night facing the same conditions.

Dr Alex Kumar, who is currently working at the Concordia station in Antarctica for the European Space Agency, will together with two colleagues spend tonight (Thursday) sleeping outside in a tent in temperatures as low as minus 80.

It was on March 29, 1912, that Captain Scott had made his last entry in his diary. Alex said he is taking part to recognise one of his heroes Dr Edward Wilson - the first doctor to reach the South Pole - who perished with Scott on their journey back from the South Pole, and to celebrate a team that devoted their lives to exploring the unknown and pushing the boundary of science.

“I am sure it will be an ‘awful’ experience, but an important one,” said Alex.

He is hoping to share his experiences live on BBC Radio: “I will be talking live from the tent by satellite phone to BBC Radio 4.”

This is due to take place between 5pm and 6pm today (Thursday) around midnight in Antarctica and the coldest part of the night.