Huge task begins to create archive of Shoreham Air Show tragedy

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ARCHIVISTS have begun the mammoth task of preserving the hundreds of tributes left at the scene of the Shoreham air show tragedy.

The West Sussex Record Office, in Chichester, now holds all of the messages from the Shoreham Tollbridge.

The tributes were coming under threat from the autumn weather.

Meanwhile, it was announced yesterday there will be a memorial service on November 22 in Lancing to pay tribute to the victims of the tragedy that happened when a vintage Hawker Hunter plane crashed on to the A27.

Hundreds of firefighters, police, paramedics, social workers, volunteers and members of the community who helped in the wake of the tragedy will attend.

Speaking about the archive, Councillor Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council, said: ‘When I was first on the bridge, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced something quite so emotional in my life.’

The archive will include the books of condolence and other items.

The disaster claimed 11 lives, including football player and former Portsmouth University student 23-year-old Jacob Schilt, and former Cosham bicycle shop worker, Richard Smith, who was 26.