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A 76 YEAR old wedding driver is to be honoured, along with ten other people, in a permanent memorial to those who were killed at the Shoreham Air Show in August 2015.

Local artists Jane Fordham and David Parfitt have been working with the relatives of Maurice Abrahams – and the others who died when an acrobat jet plane crashed in flames – to create a series of installations, including, “A picnic area that can be used as a place of contemplation for all the community”.

Ms Fordham said:

The enormity of this task has at times been overwhelming, given that the event affected so many people on so many levels. This is a way of creating a place of remembrance while embracing the calm and serenity of the river.

Mr Abraham was killed by a Hawker Hunter Plane as he went to pick up a bride and was hailed a hero after he gave way to a father and son at a road junction which meant they got to safety seconds before the aircraft plummeted to the ground.

Driver of the vehicle Michael Sturgess said: “They say that angels can come in many forms. Maurice was ours on that tragic day. His kindness on that day put our family ahead of the crash landing area and I wish I could meet him to say thank you to such a wonderful gentleman.”

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