Candles lit for victims of Shoreham air disaster

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A minute’s silence will be observed and candles lit this morning for the Shoreham Airshow crash victims and their loved ones.

Seven people died when an historic Hawker Hunter jet plummeted on to the A27 at the West Sussex town after it failed to pull out of a loop manoeuvre yesterday afternoon.

The Diocese of Chichester, which includes the West Sussex town where tragedy struck, said St Mary’s de Haura Church in Shoreham would hold a minute’s silence before this morning’s 10am service and candles would be lit in the church’s St George’s Chapel after the service for the dead.

St Mary’s and the Church of the Good Shepherd on Shoreham Beach will also remain open all day to anyone who wants to say prayers, it said.

The Archdeacon of Chichester, Douglas McKittrick, said he had kept in close touch with the team of chaplains working at the airport, in local hospitals and in parishes in the immediate area.

He said: “This has been a truly terrible day and the extent of the shock and horror of it all is only just dawning on many in the local community. We offer prayers for the repose of the souls of the deceased and for all those who are concerned about their loved ones.”