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Shoreham air show victim was my soulmate, says fiancée

By Tom Pugh

Published 29/08/2015

Sussex Police officially named Tony Brightwell, 53, from Hove, East Sussex, as among at least 11 victims to have died when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the A27
Sussex Police officially named Tony Brightwell, 53, from Hove, East Sussex, as among at least 11 victims to have died when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the A27

The fiancée of the latest Shoreham air disaster victim to be named has spoken of her heartbreak that their plans to spend their lives in the sun will now never happen.

Sussex Police officially named Tony Brightwell (53), from Hove, East Sussex, as among at least 11 victims to have died when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the A27.

His fiancée Lara said she watched him cycle off excitedly to watch one of the last Vulcan bomber flights at the Shoreham Airshow - "but he never came home".

Police have released pictures from the scene of the disaster as communities touched by the tragedy prepare to fall silent one week on. Mr Brightwell, a health care manager, was indulging his twin passions of planes and cycling when tragedy struck.

His fiancée said: "He was the love of my life, my soulmate and I am devastated that our plans of a life in the sun in a few years' time won't now happen."

Meanwhile, in the images released by Sussex Police, forensic investigators are seen gathering clues on the debris-strewn A27, while another picture appears to show an external fuel tank lying intact.

The release of the pictures came as locals prepare to hold a minute's silence at 1.20pm today - exactly a week after the crash.

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