Shoreham MP Tim Loughton has today praised the Sussex community for coming together to help with the Sussex Memorial Service.
The service, on November 22, will pay tribute to the victims of the Shoreham Air Show tragedy. It will also recognise the role carried out by emergency services who responded to the tragedy.
The memorial service will take place at Lancing College Chapel, which overlooks the scene of the devastating crash on August 22.
Members of the local community, including businesses and young people, have been involved with the service.
- Lancing College which has provided the Chapel to hold the service, are printing the order of service and are organising refreshments for the families
- Ricardo which is providing secure car parking facilities
- Police Cadets, Air Training Corps Cadets and Explorer Scouts who are acting as stewards at the service
- St John Ambulance which is offering first aid assistance
- Security and Event Solutions from Brighton which is helping with the event management.
West Sussex County Council is providing minibuses and volunteer drivers to transport people to the Chapel and Adur & Worthing Councils are printing all of the attendance cards and information sheets.
Mr Loughton, who has helped organise the service, said the devastating crash had impacted on the whole area, but also galvanised a sense of community spirit.
He said: “The memorial service will pay tribute to the victims of the Shoreham Air Show tragedy. It has been humbling to see the support from the community for the service. Thank you to everyone who has helped it to come together.”
Families of those who lost their lives will attend to the service along with hundreds of firefighters, police, paramedics, social workers, volunteers and members of the community who helped in the wake of the tragedy. Senior politicians and local dignitaries will also attend.
Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “The service is a chance for the families affected by this terrible tragedy to come together with those who were first on the scene and to take time to pause and reflect.”
The service has been organised by a group of local authority leaders and representatives of the emergency services, brought together by Mr Loughton.
Due to limited space in Lancing College Chapel admittance to the memorial service has had to be restricted and is by invitation. Priority has been given to the families who have lost loved ones and emergency responders who were first on the scene.