Air shows should be held as far away from residential areas as is humanly possible. During the air show held last year over Eastbourne I was in my garden when a plane, belonging to the Red Arrows display team, broke away from the rest of the team and flew over my garden at a very low height.
In a split second I saw the insignia on the plane, I could feel the throb of the engine, I was aware of heat being radiated from the plane’s bodywork. I did not feel thrilled or exhilarated. I was petrified. Whilst I am aware of the fact that the display team are exceptional regarding accuracy and brilliant teamwork, there is always an exception to the rule.
I am a survivor of the Coventry blitz. In November 1940 a landmine was dropped outside the front door of our home in which I was sheltering with my brother and my parents. We crawled out of the ruins. I need no reminder of how it feels to be the victim of an air attack.
Those who witnessed the Shorham Air Show disaster will never forget it. Please do not have air shows where a huge mass of the population will gather if it is unregulated. It is an accident waiting to happen, which must be avoided.
Mrs J I Hoban
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