Friends throw flowers into river in tribute to Shoreham victim

A view of Lancing College Chapel seen through tributes left on the Old Shoreham Tollbridge, near the A27. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
A view of Lancing College Chapel seen through tributes left on the Old Shoreham Tollbridge, near the A27. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

MOURNERS threw flowers into a river today (November 22) in memory of a friend who died in the Shoreham air show tragedy three months ago.

Friends of Matt Jones, 24, from Littlehampton, threw flowers into the River Adur in his memory ahead of the memorial at 1pm.

Friends of Shoreham air crash victim Matt Jones throw flowers into the River Adur from the Old Shoreham Tollbridge. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Friends of Shoreham air crash victim Matt Jones throw flowers into the River Adur from the Old Shoreham Tollbridge. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The service remembered the 11 men who died when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed into the A27 on August 22 while performing at the Shoreham Airshow.

Today, the Bishop of Chichester told mourners ‘grief must blend with love and hope in a celebration of the lives of these 11 men’.

Matt Jones was travelling along the A27 in a car with his friend Daniele Polito, 23, who was also killed in the tragedy.

See full coverage of today’s memorial tributes here.

Friends of Shoreham air crash victim Matt Jones secure tributes to the Old Shoreham Tollbridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Friends of Shoreham air crash victim Matt Jones secure tributes to the Old Shoreham Tollbridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Speaking after the service, the government’s communities secretary Greg Clark said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the friends and families who lost loved ones during these tragic events and I would like to thank the whole community in Shoreham for the way they have rallied round and helped to organise today’s service.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the bravery and professionalism of the emergency services in West Sussex for the way they responded. Our fire, rescue, police, ambulance and other medical and emergency services are world class and we owe a huge debt of gratitude for their self-sacrifice and dedication.”

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