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Mourners honour Maurice Abrahams, victim of the Shoreham airshow disaster

Hundreds of mourners have gathered for the funeral of one of the victims of the Shoreham airshow disaster.

Maurice Abrahams, who was 76, died when the Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the A27. The wedding chauffeur was driving his much loved Daimler limousine on his way to pick up a bride-to-be.

Today, the former Grenadier Guard was remembered as a Good Samaritan and pillar of the community.

Malcolm Shaw heard from Des Knight, Parachute Regimental Assoc, Fr Martin Morgan, and family friend David Spalding.

Funeral takes place of chauffeur killed in Shoreham Airshow crash

Maurice Abraham Credit: Sussex Police

The funeral is due to take place later of one of the victims of the Shoreham Airshow crash. Maurice Abraham was one of eleven killed when the vintage jet crashed on the A27 last month. The seventy six year old chauffeur from Brighton was on his way to collect a bride for her wedding.

His family made the following tribute: Maurice was a well-respected and loved father and husband. He enjoyed his work chauffeuring his beloved Daimler car and he enjoyed gardening. He was proud to have served in the Grenadier Guards and the Parachute Regiment. He served in Cyprus and Bahrain with the UN. In his thirties he served as a police officer with Hampshire Police.


Applause for players killed in Shoreham air crash

Players and fans applaud memory of Jacob Schilt and Matt Grimstone Credit: ITV Meridian

A minute's applause has been held at a football match in memory of two players killed in the Shoreham air crash.

It was Worthing United's first game since the deaths of Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt.

The match was a sell out with one thousand tickets bought instead of the usual one hundred. Abigail Bracken has this report.

Winchester ready to help stricken refugees

Winchester City Council stands ready to respond to the immediate plight of asylum-seekers fleeing from Syria.

The Council will support Government in whatever practical ways it can to continue Britain’s long history of helping and protecting vulnerable groups.

Cllr Stephen Godfrey, the Leader of Winchester City Council, said: “Winchester has a proud track-record of helping people in need – the Zimbabwe refugee crisis is one example.

“We are waiting to hear what Government is asking of local authorities, but we are already gearing up to work with colleagues at Hampshire County Council, registered housing providers and private landlords.”

Accident investigators reveal details of Shoreham airshow crash which killed 11 people

Footage from cockpit cameras, in the Hawker Hunter jet which crashed into the Shoreham Air Show, has revealed "no abnormal indications" during the flight and that the aircraft "appeared to be responding to the pilot's control inputs," according to an initial report by Farnborough's Air Accident Investigation Branch.

Victims of the Shoreham Air Crash Credit: ITV Meridian

Eleven men were killed in the disaster last month. All had been on the A27 at Shoreham when the Hawker Hunter aircraft crashed onto the carriageway.

To view the full report - just released - click here


He was "loving family man" - family pay tribute to Shoreham air crash victim

54 year-old Mark Trussler was killed in the crash Credit: SUSSEX POLICE

The family of 54-year-old Mark Trussler from Worthing, who died in the Shoreham air crash, describe him as a loving "family man."

Mark, a window cleaner, had taken his motorbike for a spin to Shoreham as he wanted to see the last flight of the Vulcan.

Fiancee Giovanna Chirico said: "It was a nice day and I text him when the flight was due. He replied saying I should get the kids ready so we could take them out to lunch on his return. I said I loved him and he replied 'I love you too, forever.' I didn't hear from him again.

"He was an amazing dad who had a passion for motorbikes and rugby. He would do anything for his kids and they couldn't have asked for a better dad. He loved all his family. He was happy-go-lucky and if you were down he would cheer you up. We are going to miss him terribly."

Mark was a much-loved son, dad, fiance, brother and cousin. He has six children Samantha (pictured), Kaitlin, and Luke, 12, Mia, 10, Sophia, three, and two-year-old Alicia (pictured with Giovanna)

In paying tribute to her father Samatha Hollis said: "My Dad was my best friend and the best father anyone could ask for. He would always make me laugh with his silly jokes. I will painfully miss him every day. I am very proud to be his daughter; he was loved by so many."

Family of cyclist killed in Shoreham air crash say his "boundless enthusiasm was infectious"

Richard Smith had been cycling when the vintage jet came down Credit: RICHARD SMITH

The family of Richard Smith, who died along with his friend Dylan Archer in the Shoreham air crash, has issued a tribute.

26 year-old Richard set out from his home in Hove to meet his friend Dylan Archer for a bike ride into the South Downs to join another friend but they were killed when a vintage jet crashed on to the A27.

His family said, "Richard was a lively, good humoured 26-year-old. He worked in marketing and web development at ActSmart, an independent company based in Hove, specialising in providing advice to the cycle industry."

"Richard grew up in Buckinghamshire before going to university in Birmingham. Our family moved to Hampshire in 2008 and Richard returned from university to work in a cycle shop in Cosham. Two years ago he moved to Hove."

"Richard's passions in life were for his family, friends and his beloved bikes. His boundless enthusiasm was infectious. He was a truly wonderful, caring and loving person. He leaves behind his partner Victoria, his parents Julie and Jonathan, and two much-loved brothers William and Edward. He will be so sorely missed by all who knew him."

"All our family appreciate the beautiful tributes to Richard and offers of help and support we have received from friends. Our gratitude and thanks go to Sussex Police for the sensitive and thorough way they have helped us."

Tribute to cyclist killed in Shoreham air crash

Dylan Archer was a keen cyclist Credit: SUSSEX POLICE

The family of Dylan Archer, a cyclist who died along with his friend Richard Smith at the Shoreham air crash, have paid tribute to him.

42 year-old Dylan was on a cycle ride with his friend Richard Smith on the bike that he loved and made himself.

His family said, " Dylan was a kind and loving father, partner, brother, grandson and friend. His dry humour and generous nature will be greatly missed by all who knew him."

"Dylan was a trusted and respected IT consultant, co-founder and Director of a Brighton IT company.

"He leaves behind Alice, his partner of 17 years, their two sons aged 15 and 12, his sister Ruth and two-year-old niece. He was adored by them all."

"The family are very touched by all the tributes, and thank everyone for their kindness and generosity."

"We would also like to extend our gratitude to Sussex Police, who have been amazing in helping us deal with this devastating loss. Their professional, supportive and caring staff have been a comfort to us all and made the whole dreadful experience more bearable."

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