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Silence falls as Shoreham air show dead remembered

By Tom Pugh

Silence fell as a community paused to remember 11 men killed in the Shoreham air crash on the first anniversary of the disaster.

Dozens of people gathered with flowers, flags and banners at the Shoreham toll bridge in West Sussex, close to the A27 crash site.

A minute's silence was held at 1.22pm - the precise time the vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed during the Shoreham Airshow last year on August 22.

Eleven white doves were released, representing the men who died, followed by the peal of church bells. Flowers were laid at the wooden toll bridge, which became a focal point following the tragedy.

Victims' relatives, uniformed police, ambulance and fire personnel and civic leaders joined the gathering as flags flew at half-mast on civic buildings across West Sussex.

The disaster was the deadliest at a British air show since the 1952 Farnborough crash when a de Havilland DH.110 hit spectators, killing 31.

Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York said: "The tragedy of the Shoreham air crash still has significant impact for the families who lost loved ones, as well as their friends and across many communities in Sussex, not least the people of Shoreham itself.

"Our thoughts have not strayed from them during this past year and we remain committed to finding answers for them as to how and why this dreadful thing happened."

It emerged last month that the pilot, Andrew Hill (52), is being investigated for possible manslaughter by gross negligence.

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