Here at Lime Tree Communications we are reeling from the shock of the tragedy that has unfolded in our little community of Throop Village.
As we said on our news pages just last week – we look out onto the meadows and river bank and, as the crow flies, are just a couple of miles from the airport. Whenever the Red Arrows are in town – they always do a little display for local people around the airport prior to landing. We always say this is our very own personal display!
It was during just such a manoeuvre yesterday, following a stunning performance at the Bournemouth Air Show that Red 4 crashed into the meadows and the River Stour, with Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging sadly losing his life.
Friends and neighbours were on hand immediately following the incident and did all they could to aid rescue. Our sincerest condolences are sent to the family and friends of Jon Egging, Red 4, and to his crew mates and the entire team. The Red Arrows give so much joy to millions of people every year, and they represent the very best of Great Britain. We salute your immense talent and bravery.
Credit must also go to the many, many emergency services who have now been here at the scene for almost 24 hours, since the incident happened. They too have a difficult and brave job to undertake.
God Bless you Jon. RIP.