Drummer suits up for 'Apollo' moon landing 50th

Donning his homemade "spacesuit" Dunedin man Keith Dickson found a novel way to mark the 50th...
Donning his homemade "spacesuit" Dunedin man Keith Dickson found a novel way to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at the Normanby Tavern yesterday. Photo: Christine O'Connor
It was ground control to Major Keith at the Normanby Tavern yesterday.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Dunedin man Keith Dickson (71) tried something different for his monthly drumming appearance at the Dunedin tavern with the Performers Club, a group of fellow musicians.

Wearing a homemade "space suit" - including fibreglass helmet - Mr Dickson played in front of a crowd of about 50 people.

His routine was set to David Bowie's Space Oddity.

Unfortunately, the suit was not designed with thrashing about in mind.

"I've put an apparatus in there to make sure I could breath but by the time I mucked around with my drums and got it in my mouth I was already very hot and fogging up."

His faux-metallic gloves also made it hard to hold the drum-sticks.

As a fan of the Apollo 11 mission, he thought it was fitting to pull out the suit again to mark the 50th anniversary.

"I wore it today and I'm wearing it again tomorrow. I've always been a fan of the moon missions and I remember staying home from work to listen to the whole thing."

Originally, the suit was made for a ice-skating competition in Germany five years ago, where Mr Dickson won a handful of trophies for free skating and artistic free skating.

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