LETTER: Twists of fate can be so cruel

The Shoreham Airshow disaster at the weekend brings everything into perspective and makes you realise that life can sometimes be so very cruel.

My condolences naturally go to everyone affected by the tragedy, whether that be the families of those who died, those who witnessed what happened, the emergency services doing a sterling job as ever, and those involved in the clearing-up process on the A27.

As a hotel owner along Eastbourne seafront, and having just enjoyed four amazing days of Airbourne 2015 the previous weekend, it also made me reflect on the situation. Every year hundreds of thousands of people come to our town to enjoy the air show, boosting our economy and tourism on a huge scale.

Nobody could compare the two events even before Saturday’s shocking happenings – Eastbourne and Shoreham – and it would be wrong to.

It simply made me realise once again that Eastbourne Borough Council deserves massive credit for bringing Airbourne to Eastbourne, and for its popularity.

A tragedy could happen anywhere, anytime, and it is so sad that it happened this time in Shoreham.

Sheikh Abid-Gulzar

Chair, Lion Hotels,

Grand Parade

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