Minute’s silence to mark Shoreham Airshow tragedy anniversary

Floral tributes left on the Old Toll Bridge in Shoreham, after the Shoreham air crash. Picture: Eddie Mitchell
Floral tributes left on the Old Toll Bridge in Shoreham, after the Shoreham air crash. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

Communities across Sussex will fall silent today as people mark the first anniversary since the Shoreham Airshow tragedy.

Flowers will be laid and a minute’s silence held on Shoreham Tollbridge to remember the 11 people who died at the event on August 22, 2015.

A minute’s silence will be observed at 1.22pm, marking the exact time of the crash last year.

Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “I hope that wherever people are, they will take a moment to reflect and remember.

“Today is a time to remember those who lost their lives and their families, and to remember the courage and dedication of the emergency services and all those who helped in the aftermath of the tragedy.

“This tragedy had a big impact on our county and it is right that we unite in our thoughts and take time to remember.”

West Sussex County Council will mark the minute’s silence across all of its offices and fire stations, and flags will be flown at half-mast at council buildings.

Other minute silences will also be held around the county including at Adur Civic Centre.