Mourners arrive for Shoreham air crash memorial service


Hundreds of guests have started to arrive at a memorial service to remember the 11 men killed in the Shoreham air crash - exactly three months since the disaster.

Relatives of those who lost their lives when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the A27 in West Sussex were among those attending the invitation-only ceremony.

Uniformed firefighters, police officers, paramedics and volunteers have also turned out for the hour-long service at Lancing College's Gothic chapel, overlooking the crash site.

The event has been 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, is leading the service, which he has described as an "important moment" for those touched by the tragedy on August 22.

The crash happened when the 1950s plane failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop manoeuvre during the Shoreham Airshow and plummeted onto the busy A27.

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.