For the eleven

by Jem Croucher
Memorial for eleven who passed that fateful day
looking to the airport where, across the Adur way
the plane that fell out of the sky seven years now past
took off but never landed save by that fiery blast
Yet now on this east river bank eleven arches stand
and catch the rays of setting suns for those eleven and
serve as fitting testament in Shoreham here so we
do not forget their passing as this sculpture here we see


Photo – the memorial on the east bank of the River Adur in Shoreham. Commemorating the passing of the 11 men who lost their lives on 22 August 2015 when a Hawker Hunter 17 failed to complete a loop as a part of the RAFA Air Show and crashed on the A27 by-pass north of the airport. Created by David Parfitt and Jane Fordham, the sculpture comprises 11 arches, each one personalised in consultation with relatives of the victims.


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