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Inside Britain’s first ever ‘Flat Earth convention’

Hundreds of conspiracy theorists who are convinced the Earth is flat gathered at a conference in Britain at the weekend.

The UK’s first Flat Earth Convention took place over three days at a hotel in Birmingham and saw nine speakers take the stage to discuss the shape of our planet.

Among the more than 200 believers who attended were IT consultants and an NHS manager as well as off-grid ‘environmentalists’.

One speaker at the event, which charged £107 ($147) for a three-day ticket, even claimed ‘gravity doesn’t exist’.

 

Hundreds of conspiracy theorists who are convinced the Earth is flat gathered at a conference centre in Britain at the weekend. Delegates at the event sold flat Earth merchandise including stickers and badges (pictured)

According to the Telegraph, Dave Marsh, an NHS manager who spoke at the conference, said: ‘My research destroys big bang cosmology.

‘It supports the idea that gravity doesn’t exist and the only true force in nature is electromagnetism.’

In his speech, Mr Marsh claimed he had disproved planetary motion using a Nikon camera and an app from his back garden.

Those who believed the Flat Earth Theory claim our planet is shaped like a flat disc instead of a sphere. 

The leading theory suggests Earth is a disc with the Arctic Circle in the centre and Antarctica, a 150-foot-tall (45-metre) wall of ice, around the rim.

Dave Murphy, a former graphic designer who now lives ‘off-grid’, also spoke at the convention.

Among the event's nine speakers were Bolton-based DJ Darren Nesbit (pictured) and NHS manager Dave Marsh

In his speech, Mr Marsh (pictured) claimed he had disproved planetary motion using a Nikon camera and an app from his back garden

Among the event’s nine speakers were Bolton-based DJ Darren Nesbit (left) and NHS manager Dave Marsh (right). In his speech, Mr Marsh claimed he had disproved planetary motion using a Nikon camera and an app from his back garden

WHAT IS FLAT EARTH THEORY?

Those who believed the Flat Earth Theory claim our planet is shaped like a flat disc instead of a sphere.

Because Earth’s surface looks and feels flat when we walk around it, the conspiracy theorists denounce all evidence to the contrary.

The leading theory suggests Earth is a disc with the Arctic Circle in the centre and Antarctica, a 150-foot-tall (45-metre) wall of ice, around the rim.

Those who believed the Flat Earth Theory claim our planet is shaped like a flat disc instead of a sphere. Pictured is a model presented to attendees at the first annual Flat Earth International Conference, held in North Carolina in November 2017

Those who believed the Flat Earth Theory claim our planet is shaped like a flat disc instead of a sphere. Pictured is a model presented to attendees at the first annual Flat Earth International Conference, held in North Carolina in November 2017

Theorists claim that satellite images and evidence pointing to a spherical Earth are part of a ’round Earth conspiracy’ orchestrated by Nasa and other government agencies.

Proponents of the bizarre theory also claim the Earth is stationary in space rather than orbiting the sun.

The international scientific community has consistently denounced the Flat Earth theory.

Decades of space imagery and peer-reviewed astronomical research back their claims.

Nasa has proved that the Earth is round using satellites, GPS and images from space, but ‘Flat Earthers’ believe the space agency is lying.

He said: ‘One of the best examples is Antwerp’s Notre Dame spire, which can be seen something like 240 kilometres [150 miles] away from the spire.

‘That should be over a mile below the horizon, but you can still see it.’

In the conference room of Birmingham’s Jurys Inn hotel, delegates bought and sold flat earth merchandise.

Items included ‘Flat Power’ t-shirts, novelty spirit levels and flat maps.

The UK's first Flat Earth Convention took place over three days at a hotel in Birmingham and saw nine speakers take the stage to discuss 'proof' our planet is flat

The UK’s first Flat Earth Convention took place over three days at a hotel in Birmingham and saw nine speakers take the stage to discuss ‘proof’ our planet is flat

Dave Murphy (pictured), a former graphic designer who now lives 'off-grid', also spoke at the convention

In a promo video for the event, speaker Sean Connors wrote: 'We are all slaves who are unable to question things in the main'

Dave Murphy (left), a former graphic designer who now lives ‘off-grid’, also spoke at the convention. He was joined by Sean Connors, who in a promo video for the event wrote: ‘We are all slaves who are unable to question things in the main’

A popular topic at the conference was what shape the Earth actually takes.

Some speakers argued the Earth is a flat-disc with an outer ring of frozen ice walls, while others insisted it has a domed roof.

Darren Nesbit, a Bolton-based dance musician who spoke at the conference, claimed Earth is diamond-shaped and supported by pillars.

He said: ‘I’m not saying this is definitely what is going on, but I think it is a plausible model.’

One speaker at the event, which charged £107 ($147) for a three-day ticket, even claimed 'gravity doesn't exist'. Pictured are novelty lighters sold at the conference

One speaker at the event, which charged £107 ($147) for a three-day ticket, even claimed ‘gravity doesn’t exist’. Pictured are novelty lighters sold at the conference

Nasa has proved that the Earth is round using satellites, GPS and images from space, but ‘Flat Earthers’ believe the space agency is lying.

Theorists claim that satellite images and evidence pointing to a spherical Earth are part of a ’round Earth conspiracy’ orchestrated by Nasa and other government agencies.

Proponents of the bizarre theory also claim the Earth is stationary in space rather than orbiting the sun.

In the conference room of Birmingham's Jurys Inn hotel, delegates bought and sold flat earth merchandise, including stickers (pictured)

In the conference room of Birmingham’s Jurys Inn hotel, delegates bought and sold flat earth merchandise, including stickers (pictured)

In November, the world's first Flat Earth International Conference was held in North Carolina.  YouTuber Mark Sargent (pictured at the event) said: 'Nobody likes this uncomfortable feeling to be in this tiny ball, flying through space in this cast end of the universe'

In November, the world’s first Flat Earth International Conference was held in North Carolina. YouTuber Mark Sargent (pictured at the event) said: ‘Nobody likes this uncomfortable feeling to be in this tiny ball, flying through space in this cast end of the universe’



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