Tributes pour in to those killed in Shoreham air crash

Hundreds of people have left flowers and tributes at a bridge close to the A27, where at least 11 people died in an air show crash on Saturday.

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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."

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