Sussex pays tribute to victims of Shoreham Airshow crash


PEOPLE across Sussex today commemorated the victims of the Shoreham Airshow crash, seven years on from the disaster.

Eleven men lost their lives when a vintage plane crashed into the A27 and erupted in a fireball on this day in 2015.

Sussex Police Chief Jo Shiner tweeted: “In memory of those who lost their lives in the horrific events at the Shoreham Airshow seven years ago and the Sussex Police Ambulance Service and other partners who can never forget, what they saw.”

Among the victims were Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, whose death at the age of 23 was particularly mourned in the football community.

The two Brighton friends were on their way to play for Worthing United at the time of the crash.

They were both keen football fans, with Matthew working at Brighton Football Club for seven years.

Jacob had attended a number of charity football matches, raising thousands of pounds for good causes.

Caroline Schilt, Jacob’s mother, tweeted: “Seven years ago, Jacob was robbed of his bright future. He had a beautiful girlfriend, he was a talented footballer and he was destined for a career in the making. Perhaps this year we will understand a little how this could have happened.

Many of the victims were on their way to take photos of the air show, including Graham Mallinson, 72, and Mark Reeves, 53.

Mark, an avid motorcyclist, was described in a statement from his family as “a gentle, loving, incredibly generous family man”.

Mark Trussler is said to have been riding a bicycle at the time of the accident. The 54-year-old went to the airshow to watch the Vulcan bomber’s final flight.

Other victims, also from Brighton, were Dylan Archer and Richard Smith.

Richard, 26, lived in Hove for two years while working as a marketing and web developer. He has been described by his family as a caring person with a passion for cycling.

Tony Brightwell, 53, was also a keen cyclist and pilot, having learned to fly at Shoreham Airfield.

He was an avid airplane enthusiast and had cycled to the airshow.

Maurice Abrahams, 76, of Rottingdean also died in the tragedy. The chauffeur was on his way to pick up a bride for her wedding.

Maurice served as a member of the Grenadier Guards and Parachute Regiment and was a constable with Hampshire Police until his retirement.

Matt Jones, 24, and Daniele Polito, 23, were both killed while in a car together.

An inquest into the deaths is due to take place later this year as victims’ families seek answers to their deaths.

The thoughts of everyone at The Argus are with the families, friends and loved ones of the victims. Sussex pays tribute to victims of Shoreham Airshow crash

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