“Grief must blend with love and hope in a celebration of the lives of these 11 men”

Lancing College's chapel

Lancing College's chapel

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CANDLES have been lit in memory of the 11 men who lost their lives in the Shoreham air disaster three months ago.

Hundreds of guests arrived at a memorial service at Lancing College’s Gothic chapel today (November 22), overlooking the site where a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the A27 on August 22.

The view towards Shoreham Airfield from Lancing College

The view towards Shoreham Airfield from Lancing College

Uniformed firefighters, police officers, paramedics and volunteers also turned out for the hour-long service.

The event was organised by emergency service members and local community leaders, including East Worthing and Shoreham Conservative MP Tim Loughton.

The Bishop of Chichester, the Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner, led the service.

Those who died were: wedding chauffeur Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton; retired engineer James Graham Mallinson, 72 and known as Graham, from Newick, near Lewes; window cleaner and general builder Mark Trussler, 54, from Worthing; cycling friends Dylan Archer, 42, from Brighton, and Richard Smith, 26, from Hove; NHS manager Tony Brightwell, 53, from Hove; grandfather Mark Reeves, 53, from Seaford; Worthing United footballers Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, both 23; personal trainer Matt Jones, 24; and Daniele Polito, 23, from Worthing.

The inside of Lancing College's chapel

The inside of Lancing College's chapel

A live update on the service is still available to view here.

Dr Warner said: “This is a moment when grief must blend with love and hope in a celebration of the lives of these 11 men. Thank you for everything that you were: Maurice, Dylan, Tony, Matthew, Matt, Graham, Daniele, Mark, Jacob, Richard, Mark. Thank you as we commemorate all that you meant to us.”

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