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Press Release - October 2009

Visitor from the moon for launch of new Buckingham offices

Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke will be making a rare public appearance in Gawcott,  Buckingham on Tuesday 17th November for the official launch of Apollo Office Court, Buckingham’s prestigious new development of high-tech units for small businesses.

As one of only nine living moon-walking astronauts from the Apollo missions and gifted with the combined abilities of storytelling and motivating others, Duke is in demand worldwide as a keynote speaker. Together with fellow astronaut John Young, Charlie spent 71 hours on the moon in 1972, including driving the lunar rover. Previously he was Capcom (Capsule Communicator) in Houston for the historic Apollo 11 mission, speaking to Neil Armstrong and ‘Buzz’ Aldrin as they became the first men on the moon.

“We are delighted and honoured that Charlie has agreed to attend our launch as speaker and guest of honour”, said Robert Synge of Apollo Developments. “The pioneering spirit of the Apollo Space program has inspired millions over the years and I’m sure that hearing of his experiences will be an inspiration to our visitors from the local business community.”

Situated in Radclive Road, Gawcott, Apollo Office Court comprises 20 individual, high-specification units each of approximately 90m2, arranged around an attractively planted central courtyard. The units all have allocated parking spaces and free access to an excellent on-site conference and catering facility – an important bonus for small businesses.

With just six of the units remaining on the market for sale or rent, Apollo Court has got off to a flying start, despite the adverse trading conditions of the last few months. To date, it has attracted a diverse range of businesses from various sectors including automotive consultancy, construction services, financial services, interior design, marketing communications and recruitment, as well as a national charity organisation.

Paul Bennett of marketing communications consultancy Bennett and Partners said: “We were among the first to occupy offices at Apollo Office Court and we’re extremely pleased with the light and spacious workspace and excellent business image that our unit provides. It’s a great working environment with a friendly community of local businesses.”

For further information about Apollo Office Court, please contact Robert Synge of Apollo Developments on 01280 816583 or 07785 366448

For more information about Charlie Duke please click here to visit his website.

Charlie Duke near Plum Crater
April 1972.
Charlie Duke at the edge
of Plum Crater

April 1972.
Charlie Duke salutes the
flag on the moon

April 1972.


Charlie Duke portrait
Charlie Duke at the steps of the Apollo 16 Lunar Module “Orion” with the US flag in the background.